Windows Mobile Face Contact Plugin Adds CoverFlow Contacts

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CoverFlow may be only semi-useful on your Mac, but imagine what it would look like on a Windows Mobile phone. Actually useful! The Face Contact plugin, which costs $14.95, displays all your contact photos in a CoverFlow-esque way in your home screen, letting you flip between people and even directly dial, text or send emails from their photo. Cool for sure, but is it worth $15? Probably not. Plus, are all your contacts actually good looking enough that you'd want to stare at them every time you pull out your phone? [Cnetx via Just Another Mobile Monday via PhoneMag]

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Hi guys,

nice debate here.

Actually if this was just another "My Fave" app, it would probably not be worth the price, as the original post appears to suggest.

However, if whoever wrote that post read the "product description" first, he/she would have probably realized that this is not just another "FAVE" app.

1) It provides the same kind of indexing, sorting and direct access features of a text-only Contacts app.

This is not irrelevant: as contacts are sorted alphabetically you always know if you have to scroll forward or backward to reach the desired contact, exactly as in a traditional "Contacts" app. Even contacts that do not have a picture are as easy to find as in a text-only contact list.

Furthermore, when rapidly scrolling through the list (and names change too quickly to be readable), a single letter tracking indicator shows the current position in the list. So, even if you overshoot and move past the desired contact, you have immediate feedback and can correct accordingly, exactly as when scrolling a text-only list.

You can also jump instantly to any position in the list by pressing the corresponding key on your thumbboard or software input panel: so, whatever the number of contacts, you can move around pretty easily, without having to scroll sequentially through the whole list.

All in all, it provides the same kind of "navigation" features of a text-only Contacts app, and combines it the intuitiveness of a visual interface.

2) It can be used with any contact.

As mentioned above, becase contacts are sorted alphabetically, even contacts that don't have a picture can be located easily at their logical alphabetical position in the list. Actually they are even easier to spot, because Face Contact automatically displayes them with a default color-coded contact icon.

Furthemore Face Contact includes a gallery of dozens of ready to use icons, that can be easily assigned to companies of services such as a gym, a golf club, an airline, and so on.

Like it or not, our ability to recognize pictures comes well before the process of reading characters and words, especially when these are rapidly scrolling across the screen.

This is not hype. It's the way our brain works.

So combining icons and pictures with the same kind indexing, sorting and direct access logic of a text-only Contacts app, makes everything much easier and more intuitive.

That's the same reason why we prefer to use a GUI based computer system, rather than something like old MS-DOS.

3) Full set of communication features.

Face Contact is not just a "photo dialer". It provides quick access to all kind of communication methods, including alternate phone numbers, text messages, email, and even browsing a contact's personal web page or blog.

4) Integrated contact manager.

You can perform all kinds of contact management operations, including adding, EDITING, and removing contacts, using the same consistent visual interface, and without having to switch to a separate text-only Contacts app.

So, looking at Face Contact in the proper perspective, and considering that there are many "text-only" Contacts apps with prices well over $14.95, maybe the whole assumption of this thread is just misleading.

Face Contacts is not just another "My FAVE" photo dialer: it does nearly everything that a "text-only" Contacts app does, and combines such goodies with a 3D visual interface.

Some people may find it more intuitive. Other people may not like it at all.

But if you try it, and even if you don't like it, you will probably agree that $14.95 is definitely not too much considering all the things this "little" program does.

Cheers.