By August 2, 2010

Probeez Setting Profiles Ringer and Settings Adjustment Program for Android Review

I really like my HTC Incredible mobile device. It runs (for now) the Android 2.1 operating system, and I really like a lot of the hardware and software features on my phone.

One of the things I missed the most about my old HTC Touch (Windows 6.1) was Spb Software’s “Spb Phone Suite” that let me set my ring tones and notification sounds to different things depending on the time of day (my review) .

I transitioned to a nice phone in between the HTC Touch and the HTC Incredible, but being a “dumb phone” I didn’t have the option to change my settings automatically. I really missed the time-based switching of Spb Phone Suite, and I also missed the ability to whitelist certain callers, who would ring through no matter what time of day.

Setting Profiles, a program made by Probeez, handles the profile switching that Spb Phone Suite did, except it adds a really useful twist: it adjusts the profiles by a multitude of criteria, including my location — all automatically.

Setting Profiles works like this:

  • Create a profile. I have one called “Work,” for example.
  • Set up your profile. Adjust your settings for wireless controls (WiFi, Bluetooth, and “airplane” mode in the case of my phone), sound settings, and even things like screen brightness or if you want to answer all calls via speakerphone. My Work profile means no ring tones or notification sounds, WiFi and Bluetooth are off.
  • Set a location (optional). You can set a new location by latitude and longitude, by cell towers nearby, or by wireless access points. I used latitude and longitude as detected by GPS for all of my locations.
  • Create rules. I have one called “Activate Work.” You start with one or more conditions. Mine is “at Work,” which is determined by a 1/4 mile radius from the building I work in. Once the condition is met, you may set one or more actions. The action I use is “Activate Work profile.”

That’s pretty much it. Yeah, that’s a simple profile, but it comes in very handy. Sometimes enough of us go out for lunch that we have to take separate cars. It’s nice that my audio settings turn back to full volume in case the other folks need to call or text us while in transit.

Setting Profiles is a little bit hard to use at first. The user interface isn’t super intuitive until you use a few times. It would be nice if there was a wizard / walkthrough to help you set up a profile and some rules when you run the program for the first time. Probeez has some nifty howto lessons on their Web site, including one on how to make your phone apply profiles based on entries in your calendar. For example, you could set it to turn off your ringers if you go to a doctor’s appointment. Holy shit!

More importantly, there is a walkthrough on how to set up a whitelist. This is something that I could not figure out by using the application itself. Basically you set up a new rule based on an incoming call. You can specify a phone group (determined by your Google contact list) or a specific individual in your contacts list, or both. You then tell Setting Profiles to set a profile with an audible ring tone (I set mine to “Home,”) and that’s it.

What isn’t clear to me is if Setting Profiles will toggle back to a location-based profile once the call is over, or if the “Home” profile would stay active. I also wonder if there is some sort of race condition to determine which profile will be used. I haven’t tested this out yet, but suffice to say the documentation is a little lacking.

Overall, I am very happy with Setting Profiles for my HTC Droid Incredible running Android 2.1. The full version of the application will cost you about $4, and I think it would be a bargain at $10.

Strongly recommended.

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  1. bc says:

    Have you looked at “tasker”? It appears to do the same things that “Probeez” does.

    I bought tasker after reading the article on Lifehacker, and it is awesome. The interface is quite usable and easy to set up.