Handshake: “Beam” Contacts to Other iPhones

It’s mildly entertaining to me how we all seem to get excited about apps that bring functionality to our iPhones that has existed elsewhere for ages.

As an example, Shazam came to the iPhone to decipher music we didn’t know, by playing it into the microphone — Blackberry has had this capability for a while. When I run into one of these scenarios while showing off to iPhone-less friends, my argument is, “But it’s an iPhone! And now it does that too!!”

Handshake brings us the capability to easily send our own contact “card”, or that of others we already have entered into our iPhone, to other iPhones around us. (Does anyone remember beaming contacts between Palm Pilots?) If I can step onto my soapbox for just a moment, I feel as though this capability is something Apple somehow missed out on including in the firmware. Given the interaction of links to Google Maps (in email) which opens the Maps application, or phone numbers (in SMS or email) which will automatically dial the phone, the built-in ability to send contact information to others feels like a no brainer to me.

So thanks to Skorpiostech, and Handshake, I’ve regained the functionality my Palm Pilot gave me almost 10 years ago… While I feign annoyance at the situation, I really do like this application. It’s simple and elegant in functionality, and as such, fits right in with the iPhone (too bad it’s not native). Handshake comes in the flavors of free and premium. The former has ads at the top and bottom of the interface, while the latter ditches the ads, comes “karma-enhanced”, and costs $2.99 in the App Store.

Thanks Gruber!