e-Mobile Contacts v.2 for BlackBerry Reviewed!

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PROs/CONs

To be honest, I’m not really sure where to begin. Things seem to run smoothly on the Pearl (8100), and the UI is pretty clean. All of the core functions you would want to see an app like this sport are there – you can call, SMS and e-mail contacts, as well as edit, remove, and add new contacts from the app itself. But when the app is sorting by last name, it seems to group all of the contacts who’s last names are appropriately in that alphabetical group (i.e. all contacts with last names beginning with ABC were found int he ABC group), then sorts them by first name! So, even if a contact’s last name starts with a B, it may be – and for me has been – found before a contact who’s last name begins with A if the first name begins with an A. Look at the picture below and see for yourself.

Not very intuitive in my opinion. The Storm edition of this application is actually worse because it fails to capitalize off the screen size and fails to implement basic controls for the app. When you turn your Storm on its’ side, it doesn’t reformat. Perhaps that would make life too easy? Additionally, they failed to implement the scrolling correctly – you seem to have to fully click down and swipe up to get anywhere. Selecting contacts and alphabetical groupings is just plain painful.

Finally: the price. $15.95 is completely unjustified for an app of this caliber, let alone for the functions it boasts. If everything worked perfectly and the UI was spot on, I would consider paying $6 or $7 for this product at most.

FINAL CONCLUSION

Although I was attracted to the idea of being able to quickly access my contacts in a new way, I was completely turned off by this application. The core functions and a clean interface, while present, are masked by consistent disappointment with this app in other areas: sorting, viewing, and for the Storm, poor implementation of basic controls. What’s worse? The Storm Edition actually costs a dollar more ($16.95) than the regular edition.This application was a huge disappointment.

RATING

Regular Edition
2 our of 5

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The Storm Edition
1 out of 5

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  • uneckbon

    as if i would ever pay 16 bucks for an app without trying it out first. I’m offended as a reader and a bb user

  • uneckbon

    as if i would ever pay 16 bucks for an app without trying it out first. I’m offended as a reader and a bb user

  • uneckbon

    as if i would ever pay 16 bucks for an app without trying it out first. I’m offended as a reader and a bb user

  • Packman

    How is this any better then the built in address book?

  • Packman

    How is this any better then the built in address book?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    @uneckbon

    agreed, $16 is pretty weighty without a free trial.

    @Packman

    I think JB’s scores indicate that eMobile Contacts isn’t better than the BlackBerry address book.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    @uneckbon

    agreed, $16 is pretty weighty without a free trial.

    @Packman

    I think JB’s scores indicate that eMobile Contacts isn’t better than the BlackBerry address book.

  • Daniel Osterday

    I have it. My thoughts:

    1. It’s not as fast as the BB Address Book.
    2. If it’s running prior to a PIM change (add/delete/modify contacts, including sync), a full reboot of the phone is necessary for those changes to be reflected in E-Mobile Contacts.
    3. It looks nice and is fairly functional.

    -Dan

  • Daniel Osterday

    I have it. My thoughts:

    1. It’s not as fast as the BB Address Book.
    2. If it’s running prior to a PIM change (add/delete/modify contacts, including sync), a full reboot of the phone is necessary for those changes to be reflected in E-Mobile Contacts.
    3. It looks nice and is fairly functional.

    -Dan

  • http://twitter.jonathonhewitt.com/ Jonathon Hewitt

    Agreed! Way too much money to spend without even a free 10 day trial. I have no problems with my stock BB address book. You just hit the first letter or two of the persons name and scroll down. I’ve got over 850 contacts and growing. If they could improve one thing it would have to be the ability to remove duplicates easier when you sync your phone as I have only found Plaxo to be good for that after you sync it to your Outlook then to your BB.

  • http://twitter.jonathonhewitt.com/ Jonathon Hewitt

    Agreed! Way too much money to spend without even a free 10 day trial. I have no problems with my stock BB address book. You just hit the first letter or two of the persons name and scroll down. I’ve got over 850 contacts and growing. If they could improve one thing it would have to be the ability to remove duplicates easier when you sync your phone as I have only found Plaxo to be good for that after you sync it to your Outlook then to your BB.

  • http://twitter.jonathonhewitt.com Jonathon Hewitt

    Agreed! Way too much money to spend without even a free 10 day trial. I have no problems with my stock BB address book. You just hit the first letter or two of the persons name and scroll down. I’ve got over 850 contacts and growing. If they could improve one thing it would have to be the ability to remove duplicates easier when you sync your phone as I have only found Plaxo to be good for that after you sync it to your Outlook then to your BB.