[Review] CyDialer - The Ultimate iOS Dialing Tweak (Now iOS 5-Ready)
Do you call people on a daily basis with your iPhone? How long does it take you to get the Phone application open and finally call someone? Saurik
lists up to seven different steps for getting a phone call started on an iPhone. In the end it feels cumbersome, and in Saurik’s words, “Frowny pants.” With one of Saurik’s own jailbreak tweaks, dubbed CyDialer
, you can make this process much easier (three steps) by having contacts conveniently placed on your lock screen as illustrated in the screenshots above.
CyDialer is not a new jailbreak tweak, however it now has iOS 5 support and works even on iOS 5.1. Every iPhone owner that uses the iPhone to call people should have this tweak.
The way CyDialer works is that you set favorite contacts from your Contacts application and those contacts that are favorited will appear on your lock screen in a Cover Flow format. Because of this, it’s very easy to navigate through your contacts and pick the one you want to call. Once you find the contact you want (their name and phone number is displayed), simply tap on the picture and the interface from the screenshot on the right, up above, will appear with the green slider and the ability to slide to call or cancel.
From the preferences pane for CyDialer, you can choose whether or not to show the name and number of each contact. Obviously, for security reasons, you can choose to toggle one or the other to keep people from knowing who you’re calling or from being snoopy and recording your friend’s numbers. You also find the ability to hide notifications or bypass the pass code. Saurik notes that some people enjoy the speedy process of bypassing the pass code to make phone calls, however it won’t be secure as it gives anyone that picks up your iPhone access to your phone.
If you think you might find an easier to way to call people with an iPhone useful, be sure to check out CyDialer. Now that it’s iOS 5-compatible, many people can go back to enjoying this great tweak as countless devices are now running the new iOS 5 operating system. The tweak really does increase the efficiency of making phone calls and it even looks good!