Parallel Space Review - Feels Like Having Two Phones
|Parallel Space Logo|
Until a couple of months ago, I've been having two smartphones with me. That's because I still believed that one phone will never be able to have two WhatsApps. If it was, it would take a toll on the battery.
However, I then felt burdened. Not only because I had to maintain both of them, but also because one felt neglected. So, I decided to give MIUI's Dual Apps a shot (I've been a loyal Xiaomi fan)... And it works like a charm.
Okay. One device was sold. Then, I needed to switch phone because mine was actually my father's. Okay, I decided to move to Zenfone, simply because I wanted to try something different. Then, I missed MIUI's Dual Apps. The ZenUI 3 at the time didn't support twin apps yet.
So, I went ahead and tried Parallel Space. It kept coming up in search results, not sure if it was good marketing or the app was really good. And you know what, I've been happy. I even bought the Pro version.
|Parallel Space page in Google Play Store.|
Then, I upgraded to Zenfone Zoom S because the original Zenfone 3 was needed by my sister. It supported Twin Apps, but there was this critical bug that prevented me from connecting to my Google account, so I used Parallel Space once again.
Then, I decided to make this review. I know some people will find this little app useful... Because I do.
Parallel Space Can Clone Not Only WhatsAppThough I only used it for WhatsApp, it's assuring to know that it can also clone other apps. When you decide to "install" an app in your Parallel Space, it will offer you a list of installed apps that it can clone.
|You can clone not only WhatsApp.|
You Can Secure Your Parallel SpaceMost Android phones from Chinese vendors usually have the AppLock feature, which requires your PIN or fingerprint when opening an app. Parallel Space supports that, too.
|You can secure your Parallel Space with Pattern.|
|For whatever reason, Parallel Space has a browser.|
Not only that, you can also install apps only in that space, dubbed Incognito Installation. Once you select an app, it will redirect you to the Play Store to install the app. Then, to make it 'Incognito', Parallel Space will recommend you to delete the app on your original space.
|Incognito mode lets you leave apps only in Parallel Space.|
|Parallel Space's internal task manager.|
Parallel Space is Ad-SupportedLike all freemium apps, Parallel Space is ad-supported. I personally don't think the ads are annoying, but if you're planning to use it for a long time, then shelling out ~IDR67,000 is no big deal, compared to what you get.
Beware of Battery Saving AppsSome Chinese-based smartphones have built-in task killer apps. Make sure to whitelist your cloned apps (or even Parallel Space itself) or they will automatically close, preventing them from updating and notifying you from the background.
ConclusionBefore knowing Parallel Space, a feature to have dual apps is a must for me, limiting my choice of smartphone brands. I had to do an extensive research first before deciding to buy. With Parallel Space, the limit is no more. I can just buy the phone I want. If it doesn't support dual apps or is buggy (like the one in my Zoom S), I can just install Parallel Space and be done with it.
|Though I've only been using it for WhatsApp, I already feel that Parallel Space is very useful.|