Developer: OiGO Ltd
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Thread Contact is a stock contacts app replacement with a clean and simple interface that gives a new look and feel to our contact lists. Thread Contact has many great features and, with a few changes, has the potential to become my primary contacts app, especially for my iPad.
The main idea behind Thread Contact is simplicity. It is a no-frills app that keeps the focus on contact information and nothing else. Upon launching the app, users are greeted by a big letter “A”. Sliding a finger up or down will cycle through all of the letters of the alphabet. Selecting a letting will pull up all the contacts whose first or last name start with that letter. This is an interesting way to sort through contacts and I’ve yet to determine if I think it’s a more efficient layout than the standard list. Either way, it’s a unique idea and still allows for locating contacts with ease. I did find, however, that the scrolling can be a little touchy and I would often blow past the letter that I wanted to choose.
The interface is very intuitive and utilizes swiping gestures to move forward and backward within the contact pages. There is a handy row of icons at the bottom that allows for quick access to contact groups, favorites and even a built-in dialer. The dialer is really nice looking and connects to the stock dialer without any issues.
I love the overall design of this app and but I do have a few gripes. First off, I wish there was a full list of all my contacts like the stock contacts app has. I like being able to navigate by letter but I think it would be helpful to also have a full list of contacts instead of just viewing all the contacts that start with one letter. Second, I would like to see more customization and the ability to change font sizes. There is currently only one color scheme and one font size. Third, I’d like to have the ability to call directly to a contact’s primary phone with one touch. Like the stock contacts app, Thread Contact forces users to open a contact’s full information page and then tap on the number they wish to call. These gripes aren't deal breakers by any means but I think these features could enhance the app's usability.
At the end of the day, users will need to decide which apps work best for them. Developers have put a lot of hard work into producing solid replacement apps for the somewhat limited stock iOS apps. Thread Contact is a great universal contact app replacement that is worth the investment for anyone fed up with Apple’s built-in contacts app.