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  • [Review] Bars - More Accurate Signal Strength Indicator


    Do you feel like the iPhone’s signal indicator is too liberal on its readings? Does the signal strength seem a little too high for the cellular performance you’re getting? A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Bars by iOS developer phoenix3200 promises more accurate signal strength indicator readings by allowing fractions of the bars to appear to indicate more precise and conservative readings.

    As you can see pretty clearly from the images above, not the entire fourth bar is being shown. Instead, just a fraction of it is. Depending on your signal strength, Bars will chop your signal strength indicator bars down to size to give you the correct signal reading instead of inaccurately giving you an entire set of, for instance, 4 bars if you have about a 3.5 bar signal. In other words, it shows every little increment. It doesn’t just work with the fourth bar; it works with all of the last three. If you're still confused, the image below will give you an idea of what Bars does and how dynamic its signal readings are:



    Bars is a great free jailbreak tweak. Not only does it help your iPhone do something better, but it also gives you a more realistic feeling for your atmosphere by letting you know how much signal strength you’re truly getting at any point in time. This jailbreak tweak proves that the iPhone is capable of much more accurate signal readings and makes us wonder if there's something going on between the carriers and Apple to give the signal strength a more liberal reading.

    I highly recommend Bars for any iPhone users who want a more accurate signal reading. If you aren't one to really care too much about your signal strength, then Bars probably isn't for you. Bars was created for the curious mind looking to learn more about their signal strength by providing you a way to toy around with it more often. It's free, so give it a try.

    UPDATE: Bars will now work fine on non-retina devices.

    Name: Bars
    Price: FREE
    Version: 0.2.1
    Requirements: iOS 5, iPhone or Cellular iPad, Retina Display
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: phoenix3200
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    Sources: phoenix3200
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Bars - More Accurate Signal Strength Indicator started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is actually quite cool. You can see it move in real time. This is how it should be, STOCK!
    1. osnap's Avatar
      osnap -
      What wallpaper is that?!? I really want to download it can someone help?
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      Why a partial on bar 5 when bar 4 is not complete? I don't get it? Cute, but not mathematically correct.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      I see someone's charging with Bolt installed. Love that tweak too!
    1. sknet's Avatar
      sknet -
      cool stuff
    1. Nikhil_99's Avatar
      Nikhil_99 -
      Can anyone please upload the wallpaper?
    1. osnap's Avatar
      osnap -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_99 View Post
      Can anyone please upload the wallpaper?
      yes please i really want it!
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      very cool, but what RAM resources are used for this? Does it function in much the same way as WinterBoard? Anything that messes with system .png's files I have learned to stay away from. WinterBoard is the devil! Sorry Jay -- still love ya tho man!
    1. hitekksteff's Avatar
      hitekksteff -
      Can you guys do a "What's on my iPhone" segment?
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_99 View Post
      Can anyone please upload the wallpaper?
      The water droplets? That's a stock iPhone wallpaper.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by LearningMan View Post
      Why a partial on bar 5 when bar 4 is not complete? I don't get it? Cute, but not mathematically correct.
      To me the 4th bar is full and a partial on the 5th not sure what your seeing
    1. phoenix3200's Avatar
      phoenix3200 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LearningMan View Post
      Why a partial on bar 5 when bar 4 is not complete? I don't get it? Cute, but not mathematically correct.
      You made me paranoid enough to check my .gif. I don't see whatever you're seeing.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      I think he is referring to the 2nd pic at the top. Bars 3 and 4 are even and the 5th has a sliver of a bar.
    1. osnap's Avatar
      osnap -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      The water droplets? That's a stock iPhone wallpaper.
      Not that one that is a diff one.

      Can someone upload it?
    1. Jakeopp's Avatar
      Jakeopp -
      Quote Originally Posted by osnap View Post
      What wallpaper is that?!? I really want to download it can someone help?
      The wallpaper is called "iDrops" and can be found at deviantart.com.
    1. joecef's Avatar
      joecef -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      The water droplets? That's a stock iPhone wallpaper.
      thats inpulse wallpaper
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by osnap View Post

      Not that one that is a diff one.

      Can someone upload it?
      Oh yeah. You're right.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Nice tweak IMHO
    1. expl0itfinder's Avatar
      expl0itfinder -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      very cool, but what RAM resources are used for this? Does it function in much the same way as WinterBoard? Anything that messes with system .png's files I have learned to stay away from. WinterBoard is the devil! Sorry Jay -- still love ya tho man!
      Very true...such a shame...i loved my white icon labels...
    1. ByteArt's Avatar
      ByteArt -
      Does anyone know what wallpaper modmyi uses