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Last week, the folks from EdgeRift released an update to their iPhone app, FastCall. Now, there are many apps for the iPhone that enable a faster form of dialing, but FastCall takes a different approach. For those who are used to how the Palm OS and […]

Last week, the folks from EdgeRift released an update to their iPhone app, FastCall. Now, there are many apps for the iPhone that enable a faster form of dialing, but FastCall takes a different approach. For those who are used to how the Palm OS and Windows Mobile quick dialing works, then having FastCall at your fingertips will make you quite happy.

Here is what their main application window looks like (from their site – sorry – don’t want to show all of my contacts).

As you can see, you can quickly find contacts by pressing the keypad to filter through the results. One thing I can say is that for those of us with a lot of contacts (500+), FastCall is very fast at rendering the results. Also, once you have found the contact you want to interact with, you can then either quickly call, email or SMS them.

If I were to point out an option for improvement, I would love to see the developer add the ability to press the little icons for quick dial, email or SMS. Today, pressing those icons do nothing other than taking you to the next screen whereby you can choose which action you want to take.

One cool feature is that if you mistype any or multiple keys, you can backspace the entire item by pressing and holding the backspace key. This tip is in the Info button and welcome screen, although some folks might miss it. I have found that if you press the backspace key too quickly (and multiple times), the app will crash. However, I have not been able to consistently reproduce this problem.

After you have found the contact you want to dial, email or SMS, one of the other great features is that FastCall remembers the contact with a “heatmap” to let you know how often you interact with this contact. The UI is exceptionally clear and I applaud the developers for creating this great feature. Here is an example:

If you have a lot of contacts, this makes finding the most used ones easier as they bubble up to the top of the list based upon how frequently you interact with them.

FastCall is available in the App Store for $2.99. This seems like a pretty reasonable deal given the functionality that FastCall provides. For me, I have replaced the standard Contact app that Apple provides because now I can get to those contacts I use most with the best efficiency.

  1. How fast does the application open? Is it just as fast, if not faster, than the contacts/phone iPhone application? That’s the problem for these types of applications for me, I do not want to wait for slow loading applications to load to start making a call.
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  2. Matthew Bookspan Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    @John I would say that it is pretty fast. I have 800 contacts and it takes a few seconds for the app to launch (pretty standard for an iPhone app) and then another 1-3 seconds for the contact list to display.

  3. seems pretty fast to me. I find a couple of problems though. There is no link to “recents” or your voicemail. If you want to use this as a replacement for the iPhone’s “phone” app you are going to be missing these couple of things.

  4. Took me about 3 seconds with about 100 contacts.

    You guys (TAB) should get some kinda commission on the apps you suggest! I almost always end up buying an app any of you recommend.

  5. Bought the app, but search results are very inconsistent. It does not always find all the same contacts even if the same letters are typed for the search. Also, I would think that you should be able to type the first letter or two of the first name and then space and then two letters of the last name – this should get you to the exact contact right off the bat 99% of the time. However, I have not been able to get that to work. Nice app, but it is buggy on my phone. Anyone else experience this or is it me???? They need to refine it some. As for speed, I feel it is faster than finding one using the built in contact search function of the phone. No complaints there.

  6. I’d just like to find another app that isn’t really any different than the current iphone favorites but would hold my numbers I need at work and leave my current favorites setup for personal numbers.

  7. Matthew Bookspan Friday, December 5, 2008

    FYI – EdgeRift just released 1.3 of the app which fixes some minor bugs and adds accelerometer support. The bug fixes aren’t specifically mentioned, although they might address some of the issues we’ve all been having.

  8. Does this work with Bluetooth because I noticed when I got in my car today, my iPhone wouldn’t sync with my bluetooth so I figured it was this application?

  9. using fastcall, i cant edit any contact details..is it? or did i miss something?

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