Have you ever tried to find a good flashlight app in the App Store? You might as well close your eyes and download one at random, you will either get a slow app, or a hideous app. Take your pick.
Actually, if we are honest, there really is only one aspect of a flashlight app that matters: speed.
To that end I downloaded all of these:
I’d take the time to name them all, and link to every single one, but there’s one problem: all of them but one sucks. So instead I am just going to number them from the top corner to the bottom and tell you one thing about each: their speed.
### Side Note
Why are all flashlight apps called: `flashlight something`. Twitter developers can come up with neat names, ditto weather devs, so what’s wrong withe flashlight developers? This is another reason it’s very difficult to link to each app.
### The Speed
With a fresh reboot on my iPhone (running iOS 6b4) and no flashlight apps present in the multi-tasking tray, I launched each app and timed the speed until the LED light came on, to the best of my abilities.
Here’s the key:
Here’s the results:
4. did not launch to an “on” LED
8. did not launch to an “on” LED
14. did not launch to an “on” LED
The winner is #7, also known as, Lighty. It’s a paid app (bonus points) with a decent icon and decent UI. More than that it is just the fastest of the lot. There are probably about 4,324,322 other flashlight apps, but these were the only ones I tested.
### Launch Center Pro
When I polled Twitter to see what flashlight apps they were using, I got a ton of people saying they use Launch Center Pro. I did too, but then Launch Center Pro moved off of my home screen making it a bit harder to use. My main issue with using Launch Center Pro is that it takes two taps to activate the light — I want one tap to activate the light so I can get to it as fast as I can.
If you are a person that uses a flashlight app on your iPhone, I have to say: of the 16 flashlight apps I tested, [Lighty](http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lighty-flashlight-for-iphone/id391503046?mt=8) is the best.