Power Amp Music Player Review (Trial Version)
Good music players are hard to find on Android and if you’re looking for a third party players, Power AMP is among the best.
We’ll start off with the interface. Some of the players out there on the market have hideous UIs when it comes to music/video players, but thankfully Power AMP is not too bad. I wouldn’t say I love the look, Uber Music and Real player among other apps have much cleaner UIs, but Power AMP isn’t too bad. The default theme “matte metal) looks reasonably good.
Power AMP is a bit of a let down in the looks department, but when you actually use the app, you’ll love the UI for its speed. This is one of the most responsive UIs I have seen in a music player and it works fast. There are other nice touches too for example the extra large media buttons on the Now Playing screen and thick seek bar which makes it easier to use, especially for people with big hands. Speaking of the “Now Playing” screen, the top half of the screen is devoted to displaying the currently playing song’s album artwork, below that you have the media buttons, seekbar and some extra buttons.
At the bottom of the screen we have the EQU and PRE buttons on the left. The first one toggles the equalizer on and off the PRE button is for choosing pre-set equalizer settings, something common to a lot of apps. However Power AMP steps it up a bit, with a dedicated Equalizer panel. If you click the area next to the two buttons mentioned earlier, you’ll enter the EQ menu which has a lot to offer.
First off at the bottom we have 3 circular buttons for your volume, bass and treble settings which you can set to whatever values you want. Above that we have a selection of rockers that let you tweak the equalizer in as much as detail as you want. This is by far the highlight of the application and audiophiles will be delighted by the amount of control you can exercise on the app. Most people will probably stick to using the Pre-set settings but still, it’s a good feature to have.
Apart from that we have other features aswell which make this application worth your money. Once you get into the Settings menu, there is a lot of stuff you can tweak. You can set PowerAMP to automatically download Album artwork, set the default music folder, change themes, change headset options such as pausing playback when you disconnect headphones, and tweak lockscreen options for the built in lockscreen widget (which looks cool by the way). I won’t go through everything in the settings menu, but rest assured, you won’t be disappointed with it.
To wrap it off, I’ll just say, PowerAMP is easily the best music player I have used so far. The UI might seem a bit boring, but the app has a lot of functionality packed in and its very responsive. Check it out in the Android market and if you like it, you can buy the full version for $5.18 from here. (Trial expires after 15 days)