App review: Font Size (for root users)

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Every now and then you come across an app that makes you say to yourself, “Why isn’t this native again?” You would think that the ability to globally change font size on your Android device would come included, but alas. As you may have guessed by now, Font Size (for root users) does just what it sounds like, changes the font size on your rooted Android phone. There really isn’t too much to say about Font Size. The only reason I wanted to do a quick review on the app, is after working with the Michigan Commission for the Blind for quite some time, I know how a person’s vision problems can interfere with the technology they are able to use. For the most part, the font size is so small on cell phones, the visually impaired simply cannot use them. Font Size does it’s part to try and help mend that problem, and in my experience, does it well.

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Before I get into this, I have to say it. I know you don’t want me to, but I have to. This app will work for rooted users ONLY. Ahem. OK, now that we have that out of the way… Installation and set up of Font size could not be easier. When you open the app you are greeted with five options for changing your font: small, original size, large, extra large, and XXL. After you select a font size, you will see an ominous pop up message.

Warning

Scroll down to read all parts, please:

Your phone could fail to boot after using this app. Font Size is in early beta testing.

Only continue if you have a nandroid backup on hand.

The phone will be rebooted for the changes to take effect.

Disclaimer of Warranty:
THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM…

I have had absolutely no problems with Font Size so far. Does that mean you won’t? I don’t know. Just know that before you spend your hard-earned $1.50, people have had problems in the past. I’m sure at this point, you want to see what each size looks like. I sent myself a test message to take screen-captures which you can find below. When it comes to what font’s sizes change when using Font Size, I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t affected by the changes you make. That includes widgets and icons. If you are using the XXL font, some words are heavily cut off on widgets and icons. I’m sure if you needed XXL font to be able to use your phone, it wouldn’t be a big deal. I have also included a picture of my home screen with the XXL font so you can see what I mean.

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The jump from small to XXL is dramatic. After just using the normal font size for long, then using the small size, even that seems dramatic.

That’s just about all there is to it. I know this app isn’t something everyone is looking to jump into buying. For the people out there who need something like this, Font Size is nothing short of amazing. If you see anything i may have missed or need to ask me any questions, don’t hesitate to use the comments or add me on Twitter. Oh, I almost forgot. If you would like to see me review any app, paid or free, just let me know and I will see what I can do. Until then, You can grab Font Size from the DroidDog app store here. Enjoy!

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