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.