Available for iPhone and
This is one of the best free apps that Watch My Wallet
has tested on the Apple iPhone over the last three months. It is
ideal for anyone with a data cap on their monthly contract.
Onavo is easy to install and once set up you start
saving data immediately, as it compresses all those push
notifications from social networks, shrinks pictures and video as
you download - or upload to Facebook etc.
Just check your Onavo
dashboard and you can see that you've saved say 129MB of data in
one month, which could be just over 10 per cent of your 1GB
allowance, depending on your network tariff of course. Over three
months of testing we found the savings were consistently in the 10
per cent to 12 per cent range.
Networks in the UK are slowly waking up to the idea
that people actually want to use their fancy pants smartphones,
which means downloading lots of data. Three have an `all you can
eat' package at present.
But if you're still locked into something with say a
500MB per month cap, Onavo is one app worth downloading right
Best Feature - Saves data in the
background, you don't have to do anything once it's installed.
Worst Feature - Nothing you can fault
really. Does the job.
Area for Improvement - The new Onavo
Extend version of the app has the facility to let the user choose
to compress streaming video, or leave it as is, and enjoy the
quality on screen.
is features editor of Watchmywallet.co.uk