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System Monitor Is the Most Beautiful Way to Keep Track of Your Phone’s Vital Signs


If you are the type that loves to keep an eye on how much work your phone is doing during the day, you are going to have to check out System Monitor. The name doesn’t say a lot, but this Holo-inspired app is an incredibly versatile tool for keeping track of your CPU, RAM, I/O, network signals and applications all at the same time. Swiping between each graph is silky smooth, plus they update in real time. All of these features are included in the free version of the app, but paying $1.99 gets you even more enhanced goodies. 

The paid version unlocks awesome features like notifications, which can be expanded if you are running Jelly Bean. You can even add a floating graph so you can keep track of your phone’s CPU or RAM usage while using another app. When you’re looking at your CPU usage, you can split it up and see how much each individual processor of your phone is working. If you’re a user of Dashclock, the paid version can export notifications right to your lockscreen as well.

Overall, this app is extremely polished and robust for a very low price. We highly suggest you give it a look.

Play Link: Free | Paid ($1.99)

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  • Nice app…installed in my phone…also shows the 2 core CPU usage of my phone…loving it …:)

  • Adding advanced battery stats and temperature would make this app more useful to me :

    • Christian Göllner

      I’m working on it 🙂

  • joel

    Looks like a rip of Windows 8’s Task Manager.

    • Austin Warren

      Copy a copier. Copyception.

    • r0lct

      Looks like halo theme settings menu that’s been around since ICS. Ever check your data usage on the phone? Same looking graphs.

  • Tim

    How can it measure a percentage for disk I/O? What’s considered 100%?

    • Christian Göllner

      Hi there, 100% is when between 2 disk measures it has been used the whole time.

    • Tom

      It shows my CPU as 75% – 100% under load yet the frequency is 600 MHz where it can range from 300 MHz to 1.2 GHz? It’s not like my phone is hot and being thermally throttled or anything.

      • Christian Göllner

        Just because the frequency is high, doesn’t mean that the cpu is being used 🙂

        • Josh

          But he’s sayin the usage is high (100%) but the frequency is low. Why would that be?

          • Jeff

            Probably the same error most CPU monitoring apps have when using the underlying Linux system to get the stats.

  • nightscout13

    I dunno, I don’t FOLD with my phone, or control satellites with it, have no reason for constant monitoring of vital signs.

    • Good to have the options though is you so choose!

      • nightscout13

        True true

    • blootz

      you obviously don’t use your phone to its maximum capability…

      • nightscout13

        I just run network analysis, peanuts.

        • blootz

          my point exactly, you don’t use it enough. when you start to use the phone as much as me you realize not only is the phone lacking space for more apps, but that it’s still not fast enough, peanuts.

          • nightscout13

            ’twas sarcasm, you must have missed it….

  • I don’t know why, but i was finally taken aback at how good the Android OS looks now. yes, the picture is of the app, but details around it from the OS look amazing. Long live Android!

    • abeljames325

      Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online… http://www.hdcash1.com

    • EC8CH

      Stock Andy on a Nexus Device… simply beautiful.

  • Saif

    Shouldn’t the phone user care less about monitoring the system? I want to enjoy my phone by using it not by monitor CPU every minute or so!

    • Nick Gates

      Then don’t install the app?

  • Franco included the free version into his kernel app, great way to preview it.

  • Christopher Riner

    Man, ive been looking for this since the day I got ,my gnex in my hand. Finally, polished stats

    • michael arazan

      You can monitor it already under developer options on the gnex, and in app settings it monitors ram

  • RoadsterHD1

    I use “Android Assistant”

  • I’ve got a design boner for this app. Hard.

    • socalrailroader

      Get a room bro, TMI, TMI.

    • Christian Göllner

      I’m glad to know that 😀

  • Greg Morgan

    Sweet, this article mentioned Dashclock! Woot! 😉