[Review] Make Phone Calls From Notification Center
With this Notification Center Widget you can make calls from Notification Center.
Are you a power iPhone user? You might find a Notification Center widget that has been dubbed NCInstaCall
useful. It has been made a developer named Will Coughlin and it's free in Cydia. As you can see from the image above, you get a new widget added to your Notification Center with the name, version, author, and the iPhone's Phone application icon on it. Tapping on it toggles its special ability - bringing up a Phone keypad and allowing you to make a call. The NCInstaCall keypad and prompt looks like the image below:
It's really nicely integrated and doesn't appear to add any funky sights that are out of the ordinary which seems to be a common prerequisite of most third party Notification Center widgets. Another benefit of this tweak is that it works impeccably with IntelliScreenX. IntelliScreenX brings the Notification Center pull-down menu to the lock screen, so in combination with this tweak, you have the option to make calls right from your lock screen without having to go through unlocking your iPhone and searching your SpringBoard for the Phone application.
I think that the idea of this tweak is very handy. I do however, think that it could do with a visual makeover because having all of that extraneous text showing up in Notification Center isn't exactly what I like to call attractive. It doesn't really have that 'widget appearance'. Instead, it just feels out of place. It does a great job of making it easier for you to make a phone call, in my opinion, and for a free Notification Center widget I think that it's definitely worth checking out if it looks even the slightest bit interesting to you.
The functionality is pretty straight forward and it works great. This means that it earns a good rating from me. Albeit it works good, the strange appearance does cost it some points. When you install this widget, you might not notice it immediately. You will need to go into the Settings application and go into the Notifications menu and move the freshly downloaded widget into the Notification Center. After that, you can just pull down the Notification Center from the status bar and start using it. I recommend this tweak to anyone looking for an easier way to make phone calls while on the fly.
Will you be trying out NCInstaCall? Share your thoughts in the comments.