When we were all using a home phone or even a flip phone, it was really simple to keep track of people’s contact information. Most people had an address book or Rolodex with everything there was to know about a contact written on it. Times have changed. Contacts + is and Android application to give you total control over your contact list.
What makes Contacts + great
For beginners, Contacts + is not just a surrogate app for the pre-installed Android contact manager. What you’ll see right away is Contacts + is a combination app. You’ll be able to send sms, see their updates on any or all of the 4 social networks feeds and more.
Using Contacts +
When starting out, you will be walked through a short training. In the contact list, pinch to adapt the quantity of rows and columns in the grid. Also swipe left or right to see either the call log or your SMS threads.
When you select on an individual contact, you’ll see you have a lot more functions than the conventional Android contact manager. At the top, there are tabs for you to call, create a SMS, send and email and contact them through IM. The center of the page is filled with the regular info (i.e. phone number, email address, any information and so on).
The bottom of the page is a dock with all of your new options. Down here you’ll have a tab for their contact info, SMS history, Facebook, Twitter feed, Linkedin, FourSquare, Map link and an all-in-one social feed window.
I thought it made a lot of sense for Contacts + to automatically make itself the default SMS application. Suffice to say, it you are using an app like GO SMS Pro, you may want to head into the settings and shut that off.
Gesture based search is a really high-speed way to find your favorite contact in the long list of people. When the gesture feature is on, you can draw the letters of the person’s name to find them. If you draw a “B” and it’s not understood, you can add it to the list of gestures for later on.
Birthdays reminders are a component of Contact +. Sure you may have Facebook reminders, but what if you ordinarily are not on Facebook day? Or if you aren’t friends with them on Facebook? Well, as long as you have their birthday in your phone’s contact list, you’re good to go.
When using the SMS feature, there is an option for a pop-up window displaying the arriving text. If you are concerned with people seeing what your incoming messages will say, you can turn this feature off.
Contact+ letting you have full control of everything you would need to connect with your contact list for is super nice. To save your from going into 1 of 8 individual apps to find a contact, everything is in one place. I think later changes would could improve Contact+ if they added a Skype and Google+ login option.