[Review] Numberbook - Easy Phonebook-Like App for iOS
Numberbook is a new free application, which has just made it to the Cydia store. It will allow you to look up peopleís phone numbers by name or to look up peopleís names by phone number. This functionality is a very popular demand for almost all phone users and will prove helpful if you need a number. Numberbook supports several worldwide countries (so many that we can't list them all), and requires an internet (data or Wi-Fi) connection to use.
After opening the application you find the functions to search by name or search by number. This makes Numberbook a phone book and a reverse phone book, which is a very powerful tool that even some advanced phone book companies do not offer. Yellowbook offers both of these services for free as well. From this screen there is also the settings pane:
From here you can choose what your default country lookup will be. By default when you install the application the country spin box will be empty and you will have to manually insert the country for the phone number or person you are looking up. This is a pretty bothersome process; since the application covers worldwide countries it takes a while to scroll down to United States. Being able to choose your default country will help you save time by auto-filling a country of your choice every time you open the application.
Now that the country has been chosen, you can enter a name and search the name for phone numbers. Certain names will not have any numbers on their database and some names will have more than one number. For the ones that have more than one number, you have to do some detective work to find out where the area codes are to find the right person you are looking for. Unfortunately, Numberbook has a very limited interface and simply shows you all of the phone numbers it can find related to the name you search and doesnít separate them via location to anything like that. To protect people's privacy, we entered a fake name so it would yield no results in the screenshot above.
As we told you earlier, you can also do a reverse search for when you have a phone number but donít know the name of the person. This is particularly helpful when you get a phone call from someone and the caller ID shows a number but not a name and you wonder who has just called you. The reverse search works excellently for me on all of my attempts to use it.
The interface of Numberbooks is pretty awesome looking and the functionality is something that would be useful for all iPhones. Unfortunately, the application icon put on the home screen does not support the retina display. There are some neat animations when searching a name to find a number and vice-versa. The popup message kind of swings into view from nowhere and just looks fun. Design-wise, the application is created in such a way that you donít need to be a technology genius to understand how to use it. Since itís free and so useful, I have to recommend this application for all iPhone who have a jailbroken device.