Publisher: Ringya Ltd.
Price: Free
Version: 1.21
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

In today’s busy world, it’s hard to stay organized. This is especially true when it comes to contacts on the iPhone. It’s possible to create groups, but it’s still difficult to find the right person. It can get frustrating especially during stressful situations.

Ringya is the ideal app to have on hand to help solve this contact crisis. It not only organizes contacts, but it also makes it easier to remember the person who is calling through contextual caller ID.

When getting started, Ringya is up front about their Privacy Policy. There’s no small print or long agreement to read. They state that they won’t copy the address book, won’t share private information and won’t sell any information. However, they do have a longer binding version that users may want to read, but I went ahead and tapped on Accept anyways. I hope I didn’t sell my soul.

To get started, type in the number that belongs to the mobile phone and an email address. A four digit code is then sent via a text message to complete the sign up process. Enter in a few details and then it’s time to start creating contact lists.

Anyone who has a long contact list on the refrigerator, computer or wall will enjoy how easy it is to add contacts. The app lets users snap a picture and it instantly transforms the list into mobile contacts. This is great for class lists, sports team contacts, clubs and even associates.

The options for adding a new Ring include from a paper list, from a digital file and manually. Each ring is named and then it takes a few minutes for the app to process it. Once everything is transferred into a mobile list, it’s easy to call, text and email individuals and groups with just the touch of a button. Rings can even be shared with others so when new contacts are added, all users see the updated contacts in the ring list.

While it’s quite impressive, there are a couple areas where the app could use some improvement. For instance, I didn’t see a way to export contacts from Rings into the main contacts list of the phone. It appears that users are limited to using the app itself. However, I did see a way to copy from Contacts into the app. Additionally, it appears that the only way to add new contact details to a Ring is to enter it in manually.

With a few tweaks here and there, this app is bound to only get better. Apple should take note in Ringya’s execution and design as it makes organizing and finding contacts a breeze. To put it simply, Ringya saves time and stress and is easily recommendable since it’s completely free.

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