iOS has good contact management; all of your contacts are easily accessible from the Contacts application. An application dubbed Contact, from the App Store, can make reaching your contacts even easier. It works by placing speed dial icons on your home screen, as shown in the screenshot above. You can make these speed dial buttons do different things from invoking a text message to a specific contact, to starting a FaceTime or phone call with a specific contact, to starting a Skype call with a specific contact, plus much more.
The icons you add to your home screen are extremely customizable. You can use any icon color or style you want and there are a myriad of colors and styles to pick from. You can add banners, indicators, text, pictures, and much more to the icons to personalize them for specific people as this helps you distinguish between contacts when you use these icons to speed dial the contact of your choice. The icon customization process is performed from the Contact application you downloaded from the App Store and the user interface not only eye candy, but very responsive and intuitive. The icon customization interface is shown below:
After you have chosen your design, you will be asked to choose the action the home screen icon will perform when tapped. Each icon is capable of one of the following functions:
- Call + e-mail + SMS
- Web site
After you choose your button style and function, you will be guided through the process of making the icon available on your home screen; this is done by providing a shortcut through the Mobile Safari Web browser. You will be prompted to tap on the “Add to Home Screen” button to add the shortcut to your home screen. You can name the shortcut whatever you would like, however we recommend the name of the contact for obvious reasons. The process is illustrated below:
The icon shortcuts work great – tapping on the button named, “Anthony” will launch the Messages application with my contact information filled out so I can send a text message to myself. Tapping on the button named, “Akshay” would launch the Messages application with Akshay’s contact information filled out so I would be able to fire off a text message to him the same way. The icon shortcuts would do the same thing for Skype, FaceTime, Phone calls, and e-mails except they would launch the appropriate application to take care of their tasks.
Contact also supports a new feature called VoiceAssist. This allows the user to make an icon for sending and reading text messages or firing off phone calls using their voice. It also does this for e-mail and Facebook or Twitter. This doesn’t compare with Siri as Siri is an iOS-wide feature and VoiceAssist is limited to your icon shortcut. Contact comes with a 14-day free trial for this service, but it will not remain free after your trial is up. It requires you to set up an account and also requires cell phone service.
Taking into consideration the eye candy user interface, fluid functionality, and myriad of options, Contact is a great application for people trying to make it easier to get in touch with their loved ones from their iPhone. Everything just works. Contact is currently on sale for 99¢, however it will soon elevate back to $1.99. You can buy the application yourself, or you can try winning one of TWO copies the developer was kind enough to give away to the lucky readers of ModMyi!
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Sources: Mark Peterson – Co-Founder of tapfactoryapps