It's more complicated than it seems

As a tech savvy guy, I”m always on the lookout for something that makes my life easier, be it a life hack or a convenient app. Clever Volume Beta is an application that allows your music volume to automatically adjust according to the amount of background noise there is. Granted your headphones are plugged in, this certainly provides a handy tool for you.

Setup

As the app is in beta, you’ll need an invite code to access the app once you install. Thankfully, I managed to get one quickly after requesting it and started  using it in no time. You are instructed to adjust a graph to your liking that determines how fast the volume changes, and to what degree. Soon, you’re in and instructed to put in your headphones. I must point out, it won’t work if you’re using the loudspeaker. It takes a bit of time to see what’s what and how everything works.

Function

According to the Playstore description, ‘Clever Volume Beta’ affords you with “The perfect music volume for every situation”. It is indeed the app to do that right, as I enjoyed using it on a regular basis. If there is a lot of pesky people talking and making noise around you, your volume will simply get a little bit louder. To my surprise, it worked surprisingly well, minus the minor hiccups. If you leave the noisy area, your volume will go down again. Occasionally, the volume went way too loud for my liking (and probably too loud for a safe volume). I also had difficulty understanding the way the settings work, although that might just be me. There’s a notification that shows while the app is running in order to keep it in the phone memory, a handy feature that’ll ensure the app won’t drop out on you. The user interface was also pleasing, with no signs of lag.

Is it for me?

It’s for anyone that uses headphones really, but will appeal more to people that work in noisy areas and cannot always easily adjust the volume manually.

What we liked:

  • Original app
  • Accurate adjustments
  • The nice UI

And not so much…

  • You need to request an invite
  • Goes way over a safe listening volume sometimes

All-in-all, Clever Volume Beta is an original app that works nicely. It would be nice to see it easier to use with more accurate adjustments in a later release.

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