Mobile Cellphone Info has posted a new item, 'Review: Replace your iPhone's
Contacts app with Buzz Contacts'
Its easyand cheapto stick with the native apps that Apple installs on its iOS
devices. But sometimes third-party apps are heads-and-shoulders above whats
already on offer. Buzz Contacts, a $1 offering from Savvy Apps, is in that
category: Simply put, it blows Apples native Contacts app away.
When I first reviewed Buzz Contacts last year, I loved it, particularly praising
the ways it makes emailing groups on the iPhone easier. But I also suggested
that for people who use their phone mainly as a phonethat is, to make voice
callstheres not much here the iPhone doesnt already offer. Thats no longer true,
as the app has updated its dialing function in clever ways, and now reads your
habits to put your most-frequent contacts right at your fingertips.
Better contacts organization
Buzz Contacts offers large square buttons for each of your contacts within a
In the native Contacts app, there are two groups of people: Your favorites, and,
well, everybody else. Buzz Contacts lets you organize your contacts (for phone,
email, FaceTime, and SMS) into as many different kinds of groups as you
wishfriends, family members, clients at specific companies, or any other
preference you have. This makes it really easy send out bulk emails or SMS
messages directly to an entire group, without taking time to add each name and
number individually to the message.
You cant similarly do conference calls or group FaceTime chats, but its still
helpful to organize them in groups. If you remember that you need to email a
client in Milwaukee, but forgot her name, she might be easy to find in the
Clients folder of contacts you madeits easier than scrolling through one long
list of hundreds of names, the way you might in the native Contacts app. (Also
helpful: Within the Groups view, contacts are displayed as large tilesfour to a
pagemaking it easy to scan for names.)
One more aspect of this apps organizational superiority: When you add a new
contact, Buzz Contacts lets you choose your primary mode of contact with that
personvoice, email, SMS, or FaceTime. Youre not limited to communicating with
your friends through the primary mode, but it does mean that Buzz Contacts is
readier to serve your desires when you decide to make contact.
In Buzz Contacts, you can choose which app you'd like to use as your default
voice calling program.
If you want to actually call a friend, you can use their numbersame as in
Contacts. However, you can also start entering their full name, or merely use
the initials of their nameBuzz Contacts will narrow down your list of contacts
until you get to the right one.
Similarly, Buzz Contacts is smarter about creating a type of favorites list for
you, making a separate folder of contacts for people you call more than once.
Simpler third-party app integration
Buzz Contacts doesnt assume youll want to use the Phone app to make phone
callsit offers options to default to several voice communication apps, including
Skype, when you dial out.
Additionally, while its difficult to start an email in Contacts and then attach
a document from another app, Buzz Contacts offers integration with both the Box
and Dropbox apps on your iOS device. And if youve also purchased Savvy Appss
companion scheduling app, Agenda Calendar, the two apps work in tandem to remind
you when to send a particular email or schedule a certain business call.
Theres nothing wrong with Apples native Contacts app. But if youre in business,
have a large family, communicate with a lot of people, or do that communication
in a lot of ways, Buzz Contacts is the far superior choice.
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