How many different ways do you have to get in touch with the people you know? Just from your phone you could call them, send a text message, email, instant message through the likes of Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, chat via Skype, send a tweet and much, much more.
Obviously, not everyone you know will be using all of these services and if you want to contact a particular friend, you may find that you end up hunting through various apps to pick the best method of communication. All of this comes to a stop the moment you install CallApp.
What’s It All About?
The basic premise behind CallApp is very simple. Rather than forcing you to skip from app to app to check out what your contacts have been up to on different social networks and get in touch with them, you are able to do it all from one place.
The first time your launch the program, you’ll have to sign up for a new account, and this is done by using your mobile number as your user ID – a verification SMS will be sent out to you.
CallApp is all about providing a single point of reference for each of your contacts that may be scattered across different services, so the next thing to do is connect the app to the various social services you use. At first, it may appear as though you can only connect to Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter, but more can be added later if you like.
The app is not just about contacting the people you know, it’s also about keeping up to date with what they are doing online. So, while you may not be an active FourSquare user for instance, it’s still worth associating CallApp with your account so you can use it to keep track of the places your friends are visiting.
Having spent a few moments linking your online accounts with CallApp, you’re treated to a brief tour of what’s in store. This is not strictly necessary as everything is fairly self-explanatory when you get going, but it’s a nice touch nevertheless.
The main contact list shows you an image for each of your contacts whenever possible. To the right, you’ll find buttons that can be used to send them an SMS or call them. Along the top of the screen you’ll find links that can be used to search your contacts, explore call logs, view reminders as well as access your favourite contacts.
Select any of your contacts from the list and you’ll start to appreciate the importance of connecting with as many networks as possible. The more you link social accounts to CallApp, the more information you’re going to see about your contacts.
On the Facebook side of things, you’ll have to invite your friends to install the app as well if you want to see their profile pictures and other details.
CallApp in Use
You can opt to have CallApp as your default call and contact manager, and this is when you’ll get the most from it – although there is nothing to stop you from using it as a standalone app only when you need to find out more about your contacts. If you do have another dialer installed, CallApp can be used in conjunction with it to get the best of both worlds. It’s great to be able to see not only who is calling you when the phone rings, but also to gain a little insight into the caller.
For example, in the case of strangers or people outside of your contact list getting in touch with you, you might not immediately recognise the name or number – think of the number of work-related calls you get from people you’ve only met once – so having a profile picture pop up serves as a helpful reminder, and being able to see what they’ve been up to recently on social networks and in emails is a great bonus.
Also, when browsing through your contacts, you have numerous options available — you’re not limited to sending texts or making calls. A series of scrollable icons to the right can be used to send an email, set up an appointment, share your location, apply a new photo and more. There are plenty of options to explore, including which contact tools should be displayed and in what order.
Praise and Problems
Despite all its advantages, CallApp can be slow — not just a little sluggish, but painfully slow at times. Pulling all of the information from different networks for each contact can take some time, but if you are out and about, away from the benefits of a wifi connection, you’re likely to find that your battery life starts to drop somewhat.
Also, handing over login details for so many social networks and services – which is what you need to do to get the most from the app – won’t sit comfortably with everybody. This is especially true for users who are mindful of their privacy.
If you can ignore some of the shortcomings – and there aren’t too many really – CallApp is a seriously useful tool. For the curious, it provides everything you need to keep up to date with the latest news from all of your contacts, and for the forgetful, it helps remind you of your callers’ identities and how you have interacted with them.
A useful – but not quite perfect – way to find out more about your contacts and keep in touch more easily.8
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