Star Contacts for Blackberry v.1.0 for BlackBerry Reviewed!

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INSTALLATION AND SETUP

Installing Star Contacts is easy. First, click on the over-the-air download link provided in the automated confirmation e-mail sent to you from our store. Click ‘download’, and within a minute or two Star Contacts should be downloaded and installed on your device. Once you’ve done this, you can access the application from the main menu (if you’re running OS 4.6 or 4.7, you can find Star Contacts in you Downloads folder). You’re now ready to start using Star Contacts.

KEY FEATURES

Star Contacts is an Address Book management utility. What does that mean? It means the purpose of this app is to visually manage your contacts by giving you control of the way groups are separated and distinguished. To make this more effective – and to justify purchasing a replacement for an already information-rich Address Book application (at your discretion, of course), the guys over at Sparkle Solutions Inc. decided to include the option of adding more information about your contacts onto your device.

This is what the application looks like. You can only seem to sort names alphabetically according to a contact’s first name, and not his or her last name. While I personally prefer to sort my contacts by their first names, I recognize that the greater good – satisfying both preferences – is more important.

Star Contacts stores plenty of information about your contacts, and automatically parses that information into three large types: business information, home information, and personal information. ‘Home information’ contains much of same information one would find in their BlackBerry Address Book, oriented around location – addresses, phone numbers, web pages, etc.. ‘Personal information’ includes personal information like birthdays, spouse information and the like. ‘Business information’ allows you to add business addresses, the names of your contacts’ assistants, fax numbers and email addresses, and the like.

  • JerryD

    Maybe it’s just too early and I’m too grumpy, but what is everyone here trying to pull?

    First, why pay for an app that REPLACES instead of INTEGRATES with the existing app? Yes, it would be nice to have personal info like Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc., but no import? No integration with the data that’s already there? AND I’m supposed to re-enter all the data on my tiny little BlackBerry keyboard? It’s a great keyboard, but really. Really? REALLY!

    And the review – you give it a 3 out of 5 with no import, and no sort? How big a cut are you getting? It might be nice to know if at least it can sync with any existing PIM – like Outlook where I have over 1,200 entries syncing with my BlackBerry – but no mention of this? Do you not own a BlackBerry?

    Not only does this sound like a ZERO out of 5 product, but the review doesn’t rate much higher!

  • JerryD

    Maybe it’s just too early and I’m too grumpy, but what is everyone here trying to pull?

    First, why pay for an app that REPLACES instead of INTEGRATES with the existing app? Yes, it would be nice to have personal info like Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc., but no import? No integration with the data that’s already there? AND I’m supposed to re-enter all the data on my tiny little BlackBerry keyboard? It’s a great keyboard, but really. Really? REALLY!

    And the review – you give it a 3 out of 5 with no import, and no sort? How big a cut are you getting? It might be nice to know if at least it can sync with any existing PIM – like Outlook where I have over 1,200 entries syncing with my BlackBerry – but no mention of this? Do you not own a BlackBerry?

    Not only does this sound like a ZERO out of 5 product, but the review doesn’t rate much higher!

  • JerryD

    Maybe it’s just too early and I’m too grumpy, but what is everyone here trying to pull?

    First, why pay for an app that REPLACES instead of INTEGRATES with the existing app? Yes, it would be nice to have personal info like Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc., but no import? No integration with the data that’s already there? AND I’m supposed to re-enter all the data on my tiny little BlackBerry keyboard? It’s a great keyboard, but really. Really? REALLY!

    And the review – you give it a 3 out of 5 with no import, and no sort? How big a cut are you getting? It might be nice to know if at least it can sync with any existing PIM – like Outlook where I have over 1,200 entries syncing with my BlackBerry – but no mention of this? Do you not own a BlackBerry?

    Not only does this sound like a ZERO out of 5 product, but the review doesn’t rate much higher!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Jonathan Brandon

    JerryD,

    If you can’t even sync this with a PIM application like Address Book, you can’t for any of the other PIM applications (PIM applications on the BlackBerry are Calendar, Address Book, Tasks and Memopad, just so we’re clear). I assumed this was inferred by a) my comments about not being able to sync with Address Book within the review and b) because you and I both understand this to be a replacement, as you even mention it in the comments you left above.

    You’re absolutely correct: why pay for an app that replaces instead of integrates? I believe I make that case in my review.

    As for the ranking system, I give any app an automatic 2.5 if passes – that is, if it does everything it says it’s going to do. I believe this to be fair. I also gave it one half point extra because of the speed with which I could fly through my contact list and view their details, and because I found the thorough contact information useful (so sue me, I forget my friend’s girlfriend’s name from time to time). But I stopped short of giving it above a 3, a score it barely made, because of the features it lacks and desperately needs: mainly, import and at the very least PIM integration for Address Book alone.

    Why would I take points off for a product review if the product doesn’t do something it doesn’t explicitly say it will do (like integrate with PIM apps)? It simply doesn’t make sense. This is something consumers seem to regularly forget, generally because they want the world form their apps, but more specifically because these features CAN be delivered but simply aren’t (is it really that difficult to implement?).

    I am offended that you would suggest I’m getting a cut of any revenue generated as a result of this review. Nowhere am I screaming from the rooftops “purchase this product – it’s better than sliced bread!”

    I certainly do not get a cut, and I assure you that I am not affected – financially or otherwise – by your lack of a desire to purchase this product.

    All the best,
    Jonathan

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Jonathan Brandon

    JerryD,

    If you can’t even sync this with a PIM application like Address Book, you can’t for any of the other PIM applications (PIM applications on the BlackBerry are Calendar, Address Book, Tasks and Memopad, just so we’re clear). I assumed this was inferred by a) my comments about not being able to sync with Address Book within the review and b) because you and I both understand this to be a replacement, as you even mention it in the comments you left above.

    You’re absolutely correct: why pay for an app that replaces instead of integrates? I believe I make that case in my review.

    As for the ranking system, I give any app an automatic 2.5 if passes – that is, if it does everything it says it’s going to do. I believe this to be fair. I also gave it one half point extra because of the speed with which I could fly through my contact list and view their details, and because I found the thorough contact information useful (so sue me, I forget my friend’s girlfriend’s name from time to time). But I stopped short of giving it above a 3, a score it barely made, because of the features it lacks and desperately needs: mainly, import and at the very least PIM integration for Address Book alone.

    Why would I take points off for a product review if the product doesn’t do something it doesn’t explicitly say it will do (like integrate with PIM apps)? It simply doesn’t make sense. This is something consumers seem to regularly forget, generally because they want the world form their apps, but more specifically because these features CAN be delivered but simply aren’t (is it really that difficult to implement?).

    I am offended that you would suggest I’m getting a cut of any revenue generated as a result of this review. Nowhere am I screaming from the rooftops “purchase this product – it’s better than sliced bread!”

    I certainly do not get a cut, and I assure you that I am not affected – financially or otherwise – by your lack of a desire to purchase this product.

    All the best,
    Jonathan

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Jonathan Brandon

    JerryD,

    If you can’t even sync this with a PIM application like Address Book, you can’t for any of the other PIM applications (PIM applications on the BlackBerry are Calendar, Address Book, Tasks and Memopad, just so we’re clear). I assumed this was inferred by a) my comments about not being able to sync with Address Book within the review and b) because you and I both understand this to be a replacement, as you even mention it in the comments you left above.

    You’re absolutely correct: why pay for an app that replaces instead of integrates? I believe I make that case in my review.

    As for the ranking system, I give any app an automatic 2.5 if passes – that is, if it does everything it says it’s going to do. I believe this to be fair. I also gave it one half point extra because of the speed with which I could fly through my contact list and view their details, and because I found the thorough contact information useful (so sue me, I forget my friend’s girlfriend’s name from time to time). But I stopped short of giving it above a 3, a score it barely made, because of the features it lacks and desperately needs: mainly, import and at the very least PIM integration for Address Book alone.

    Why would I take points off for a product review if the product doesn’t do something it doesn’t explicitly say it will do (like integrate with PIM apps)? It simply doesn’t make sense. This is something consumers seem to regularly forget, generally because they want the world form their apps, but more specifically because these features CAN be delivered but simply aren’t (is it really that difficult to implement?).

    I am offended that you would suggest I’m getting a cut of any revenue generated as a result of this review. Nowhere am I screaming from the rooftops “purchase this product – it’s better than sliced bread!”

    I certainly do not get a cut, and I assure you that I am not affected – financially or otherwise – by your lack of a desire to purchase this product.

    All the best,
    Jonathan