DFNDR (more easily spelled de-fen-der) is bursting with so many feature-things that I don't even know where to begin. Maybe the one that did impressed me should be the starting point of this short review.
As any other Android optimizer app, DFNRD features a Memory Booster. That means it starts turning off apps that run in the background in the hopes of making the ones that you actually want running, run faster. I have made my point clear a couple of times before about this, closing apps on Android is more likely to drain your battery than speed up performance. However in this case I was experiencing some slowness when it came to my keyboard app. After running Boost memory once, the keyboard was coming up much quicker when I needed it. That is of course a notable improvement, but the fact that Android was trying to launch of its processes again was a thought that still bothered me to say the least.
DNFDRR is not just an optimizer though. It is a mix of features that range from optimization to anti-malware, anti-theft and even weather reports.
The interface looks a lot like a Japanese pictorial food menu. The suggestive minimalist icons that call to you to clean, activate, protect and check never seem to be satisfied and until you turn on every protection feature that RDDNF is recommending, you will keep having the impression that something is terribly wrong with your system. Like, you should consider taking it to the doctor.
That impression is enforced by its obsession with overheating. Even when my device is palpably cooler than a soaking wet cat that just came out of the rain... in October, DRDDFR keeps lighting up and asking that I'd let it cool down my device. How exactly is it supposed to do that? Maybe it conjures up some ætheric water cooling system, but I doubt it. What it does is turn off your background apps again, so that even more battery gets sucked as the poor old 'droid turns them back on. Sounds like a vicious cycle, doesn't it?
This constant nagging is what I began loathing about RFFHDFDR. Why couldn't it have been a calm little app that would just let you customize the level of protection that YOU feel is required?
DFNDR also features the by now standard device security options. You can put specific apps under pattern lock, order the device to lock by remote, sound the alarm, locate and wipe the data. The location part is rather problematic, as it seems that the web view is unable to find my phone irrespective of the mode of connection (WiFi or data). The alarm feature is also quite awkward. Once you trigger it, you can't turn it off by any internal means (although the website states otherwise).
I can't say that there aren't any good aspects to DFNDR. Like I mentioned at the beginning, the memory cleaning does seem to have some merit, and there are many other features that can prove useful in certain circumstances. But the overall impression is one of constant nagging.
- Antivirus & Anti-theft features
- Battery Saver (yeah right) and Phone Booster
- Cache cleaner and Junk file remover
- Security and Privacy features
DFNDR is another feature salad app. You can pick and chose what features you want enabled but DFNDR will keep shouting that it knows better than you and that you should
enable everything and keep wiping your cache data and running apps. Constantly!