Editors' note: This review was updated June 5, 2013, to cover features added in the latest version of the app.
Advanced Mobile Care is a free Android system utility from IObit, makers of the popular Advanced SystemCare program for Windows. Similar to its desktop sibling, this app offers up an arsenal of tools for cleaning up and speeding up your computing experience.
What I like best about Advanced Mobile Care for Android is its clean and simple interface, which revolves around its one-tap scanning process. Open up the app, and you'll see what I'm talking about: a giant Scan button that sits front and center, with a slim menu bar of additional tools at the bottom. Hit the Scan button, and in a few seconds you'll be treated to a detailed, yet simple readout of system issues that potentially compromise your mobile device's performance. The readout shows you a running count of any malware it detects, open tasks, cached items, and junk files. With another click, you can quickly banish these. In one of my tests, the application detected more than 3,000 junk files on my device and was able to clear out quite a bit of storage space. Keeping the app installed will provide ongoing protection and a notification if any malware makes its way onto your system.
But more than just a scan-and-repair app for Android, Advanced Mobile Care comes with a handful of additional tools that are surprisingly useful.
The Battery Saver offers up a detailed report of what's currently consuming your battery power and gives you an estimate of the time you have left until you'll have to plug in. In addition, it offers a few tools to help you stave off complete depletion. For instance, there are three levels of power-saver options that optimize your settings (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Brightness, AutoSync) to save you some juice. If you're a savvy Android user, you can even use this tool to manipulate each of your battery-draining settings manually. There's also a built-in task killer.
The App Manager offers a convenient interface for clearing storage space on your device. It lets you sort your apps by name, size, or even frequency of use, and in a few taps either move them to your SD card or uninstall them. I found this neat tabbed interface to be significantly easier to use (and faster) than Android's built-in application manager. However, I still think it needs a true batch uninstaller. As it is now, the batch uninstall feature asks you for a confirmation between each individual uninstallation, regrettably, which nullifies its convenience altogether. What a shame.