Theme Thursday: TouchPal Contacts

Theme Thursday: TouchPal Contacts

Oct 18, 2012

Most Android users do not really consider the Dialer or contact app as something that can be customized. It it what controls the most basic function of a phone, calling people. Now I don’t have a big problem with how Android handles their contact lists and the dialer, but I am not a fan of how specific manufacturers skin over the stock Android system. My least favorite overskin has to be HTC’s Sense UI, and seeing as this blog post deals with customization it makes sense to look at something that generally remains untouched.

My choice here was the highly rated TouchPal Contacts, which offers a whole suite of customization apps, but I am going to specifically be concentrated on their contact/dialer app. This offers some specific advantages over a stock dialer, and even some of the older versions of CyanogenMod 7 which does not come with a T9 dialer. My personal favorite is the ability to quickly set an away status which will set the phone to silent and also answer an incoming call with an away text. There are other apps and ways of doing this but I found that using TouchPal is quicker and offers some more customization options.

This would not be a Theme Thursday without the option to change a theme or two. The quantity of themes is not very great but what they lack in number they make up in quality. These themes are all very well done and they all look great. There is also a large variation in styles here ranging from simple, minimalistic to ornate and detailed. Other unique features are gesture dialing, which is always a plus. Being able to immediately dial a specific contact without pressing a button is amazing and is a great conveinence.

Like some other apps of its kind there are some proprietary features that facilitate extended interaction with other TouchPal users. These include social media interaction and contact exchange. A cool feature is the ability to update specific social media networks directly from the app, but this is largely superfluous
because there are a hundred of other apps and widgets that fulfill this need without opening an app.

In conclusion, anyone looking for a better looking and more useful dialer app be sure to definitely check out TouchPal Contacts.

Make Silent Mode More Intelligent with Advanced Silent Mode

Make Silent Mode More Intelligent with Advanced Silent Mode

Sep 14, 2012

Some people can sleep through any sound their phone throws at them. I’m one of those people. I’m pretty sure I’ve started sleeping through phone calls and alarms now. Advanced Silent Mode is not an app for me then. It’s for the normal people who do find themselves waking up from a restful slumber when their friend texts them about “OMG did you see what happened with Mark last night OMG OMG OMGGG!”

The app can be set up in one of three ways: First, only calls and SMS can come through, all other notifications will go silent. Second, only calls and messages from people on the contacts list will make a sound. Third, only calls and/or messages from specific contacts will make a sound, the rest will go silent. Although there appears to be no timer trigger for those looking to set up silent mode when they go to sleep, this app can help make sure that those important calls and messages come through when absolutely necessary. Advanced Silent Mode is available from Google Play for $1.99.

LiveContacts Soon Hopes to Make Contact Synchronization Easier

LiveContacts Soon Hopes to Make Contact Synchronization Easier

Aug 10, 2011

The problem with contacts on phones is that if they’re saved to the phone itself, what happens if the phone is lost, stolen, or if the data becomes messed up on there? Contacts are lost, and suddenly all those important numbers are gone and lost forever, until a Facebook group asking for peoples’ digits becomes necessary. Plus, what about people who want to access their contacts on different platforms? Well, LiveContacts will soon be able to help. Currently in beta, LiveContacts aims to allow users to back up and import contacts to and from iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and even Symbian, with Windows, Mac, and Linux synchronization support in the works. As well, it will hopefully spice up the default contact book, allowing for related contacts search based on those contacts already in the address book, additional social information, and automatic changes to the contacts’ information as it changes. Appfortel, the developer, is currently beta testing LiveContacts, but hope to have it released later this summer. Until then, check out sample screenshots and information on the LiveContacts website.