PhoneFace - Speed Dialin' and Profilin' for your BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 11 Nov 2008 01:33 am
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PhoneFace!

When you hear the name Electric Pocket, what's the first thing you think of? Applications like Flipside, Ringo Ringtone Manager or FindMe for Facebook right? Well, try this one on for size; PhoneFace.

PhoneFace takes attaching images to contacts one step further...well, maybe two steps. You're able to assign images found on your Berry, your Micro SD or even images from your contact's Facebook account. You can then browse through the images and find the contact you want. Navigation is similar to the smooth album cover flow that you would experience with Flipside. I was never big on Facebook, didn't even have an account until I reviewed the FindMe application. When I first learned about PhoneFace and its Facebook integration, I could almost hear Al Pacino in my head saying, "Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in."

Do you have trouble with matching names to faces and want to train your brain? Or do you want to call up your friend and laugh at their profile pic, reminding them of that time at that place where they did that thing and you know who found out? *ahem* Sorry. If you just want to see what it's all about, join me after the jump.

The friendly face of speed-dial

Hey! It's nice to see you. It would also be nice to see you when I'm trying to contact you. The native BlackBerry address book, as we all know, will display an assigned image when you view a contact's details. I would change up the images from time to time, as I got bored looking at the same ugly mugs. This was usually a slight hassle, as I would browse album after album from my friends on Facebook and choose an image.

PhoneFace
side-scroll through your contacts, even the adorable ones

Now, PhoneFace may not increase your efficiency, but it is an application that will prove as addictive as Facebook. The images used can be stored on, and viewed from, your SD card. This helps you save your precious internal memory for other purposes (hmm that's efficient).

Let's add a contact into PhoneFace. From within the application, select add new contact. You are then redirected to your native address book. After picking someone to add, the next screen prompts you to add a photo. The application gives you a variety of options; you can use the camera directly, look for Facebook picture (we'll explore this later on), use PhoneFace pictures or pictures stored on your Berry or memory card. You could also choose none of the above and PhoneFace will give you a generic image. Each entry will display the contact's name and assigned image. The images can be swapped at any time as well, so you're not stuck with the same embarrassing picture of your Uncle in a speedo. Contact can be deleted from PhoneFace as well. Don't worry, they won't be deleted from your native address book.

PhoneFace
pick where you will find the perfect picture

PhoneFace
phonefacecontactoptions captions: call, text or email

Once you have selected an entry to contact, click the trackball. All of the dialing, texting or email options will appear. The bottom of the screen displays the selected phone number or email address for the contact.

Facebook Fun

My favourite part. If you have a Facebook account, you can sync it with PhoneFace on your Berry. PhoneFace on Facebook, will generate a unique ID number that must be entered into PhoneFace on your BlackBerry. When all is said and done, PhoneFace will now grab your friend's profile pictures and pull it into your Berry. It's always best to share, kids, so PhoneFace on Facebook will create an address book containing your contact's details. It won't keep track of contacts not found in your Facebook friends list though.

PhoneFace
your address book on facebook

PhoneFace...in your face!!

PhoneFace quickly grew on me. I mainly use it for my personal contacts - haven't added any clients yet. Some of them don't have their images on their websites. I would either use their company logo for their image or quickly tell them "say cheese Mr. CEO". Since PhoneFace uses nearly full screen images, some of the pictures that I had on my Berry became a little grainy as they were blown up. The pictures from Facebook display beautifully. I added PhoneFace to one of my convenience keys for easier access. The application runs very smoothly, no lags experienced. As I mentioned before, you have the option of using PhoneFace's sample images for your contacts. Well maybe you can, not me. For some reason I have no sample images to be found.

With PhoneFace, you also have various options, including adding PhoneFace to most menus and auto-updating Facebook photos.

PhoneFace
auto-update facebook pics? Neato!!

Conclusion

PhoneFace is a keeper folks! Despite not having any sample images to choose from, being able to use the camera, existing images and Facebook profile pics is good enough for me. It adds a fun factor to your address book. The images could also be used as a conversation starter (what is that on your head?!). PhoneFace sports stability, smooth operation and graphics and flawless Facebook syncing. If you have a BlackBerry with a trackball, PhoneFace will work for you. PhoneFace has a free 7 day trial period and, once it has won you over, you can pick it up from the CrackBerry store for $9.95.

Pros

  • browse contacts using pictures
  • Facebook synchronization
  • smooth navigation

Cons

  • couldn't access sample images
  • some images may appear grainy

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11 comments

MursePaolo

This app is absolutely great! I've assigned it to my left convenience key, and it will be my log for most used contacts! However, I do wish you could have a choice on how to organize your contacts. As of now, the contacts are only organized according to their last names. I usually look through my contacts using their first names. I'd also like to know if there will be free updates because I'm definitely dropping the 9.95 for this app and because the pictures do appear grainy. Otherwise, I love it!

powera

Does this program also provide full screen caller ID? I can't see myself actually calling people by scrolling through pictures when I can just type their name. However, if you can store full screen pics as contact images, will this also allow functionality as a full screen caller ID program?

MursePaolo

unfortunately, no full screen caller ID. that'd be a cool addition. you should email them. however, the rest works very well. facebook syncing works like a charm!

Navan

I just installed this last night actually and it's great! If you replace the images with ones from your SD card or Facebook they display really well. One of my contacts's display pic from Facebook won't load but the others all do! (I'm guessing she has her security settings up really high).

Added it to a convenience key too...I just added everybody whose on my 10 because I always forget who I have and have not added. Love it!

naviwilliams

...you do a review, I end up wanting to buy the product, even if it's not something that I'd use regularly!

Brilliant review...

StarDestroyer

Yet another case in the BlackBerry world of asking people to pay to get functionality that you can get for free in the Windows Mobile world.

http://ross.dargan.googlepages.com/

I love my BB, but I hate the nickle and dime aspect of it.

bigalchap

This sounds like a free app that is on facebook called Vringo Facebook. Has anyone compared both?

StarDestroyer

I'm not sure what this has to offer over Vringo, but thanks to the pointer to that app... it's not quite as handy as I had w/Windows Mobile, but it's better than what I had yesterday (nothing :).

Cocotaso

I actually feeling this app..i will think about spending on this one..i will play around with it..thanks!

jojodc

I downloaded and paid for this app and yes, it looks really cool. Except...I can't get the thing to dial the phone numbers stored. I click "call mobile" and nothing happens. I can sms text, though. Weird. But not much use to me.
Might be my provider (sprint).

kpucummin

Just for fyi the picture will come up grainy at first. Meaning when you go into the feature to add new speed dial contact. And you already have a picture to go along with that contact on your phone. Most likely it will come up grainy but if you go right back in the options. Click on change photo and pick the same photo again as the caller id pic. Or any photo you wanted for the caller id for that person. The photo will be reposted and clear as it should be. I'm sure its grainy at first because the photo thats attached to the contact was at a smaller resolution.