July 2, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Before Android 2.0 greatly revamped the contacts app and manufacturers began re-skinning Android, Phonebook was a must-have app. It was a much-improved contacts experience that looked better and provided more control options. Phonebook 2.0 disappeared from the Android Market long ago, but it has returned to a world where you don’t really need it, but you may want it.
Phonebook 2.0 is similar to the communication aggregators like Address Book, Timescape, et al. In addition to managing your calls and SMS, the app can link to your contacts’ Facebook or Twitter profiles, allowing users to have a unified look at all communications. Click on Bob in Accounting’s name in Phonebook and you’ll see all of the email and phone exchanges, as well as see his social networking updates. Note: Unlike Sense 2.1, you can actually sync only one group with this app.
Phonebook 2.0 has a polished inteface worth considering for anyone who doesn’t like the look or feel of their default contacts app. One current flaw is that the photo icons can lag when scrolling through contacts. Once that is corrected in future updates, and a widget or two are added, Phonebook 2.0 will be a great app to have on your phone.
- Streamlined view of calls, SMS, and e-mail communication
- Integrated support for Facebook and Twitter. Additional support coming soon for FlickR, LinkedIn, MSN, MySpace, Orkut, Picasa, Vimeo, Yahoo!, and YouTube.
- Monitor Birthdays and frequently called
- Photos lag when scrolling through contacts
- No widgets for favorite contacts
App: Phonebook 2.0