PhoneFace is a software app for the BlackBerry that allows you to flip through pictures to dial. It is under $10 and is to speed-dialing what FlipSide is to mp3’s. I installed this application on my Curve 8330, and tested it out. The description of the program states that it allows you to scroll through your contacts by their full-color pictures. You can call, text, pin, or email your contacts. You can also combine your Facebook and Twitter profiles to find the best picture.
The features included are:
The program is so reminiscent of FlipSide, an mp3 player also by Electric Pocket. When I installed the program, it appears as an orange face of a dialer. The application can also use Facebook to scan your contacts and use pictures. I was able to add my contacts easy. The menu was easy to find, it allows you to add a contact, change the photo using the Facebook and Twitter options. Now the Twitter is easy integrate using only your name and password. Your Facebook requires that you go to the PhoneFace website and that you go from there to the application on Facebook from your computer. The application will give you a code ito activate over the air. The application will then seek the best picture of the contact using these searches. I did notice if you had a picture in your contacts, it is larger than if you add it from your card via the PhoneFace application. I dialed a contact from the application and it worked, email and text as well. It has Rotate Photo, Delete Contacts, and About/Help. The only thing I would have liked to see from this application is if the contact called or emailed, that they’re picture and name show up as well, but this is only a visual phone book of sorts that you can use the pictures to find your numbers. Scrolling through them was seamless. It has Set Ringtones in options, but it requires you to download and install Ringo to use it for setting different ringtones for the contacts. Without Ringo, you are unable to use PhoneFace to set ringtones. The Options also has Advanced. In Advanced you are able to add PhoneFace to all menus or not, to Add Photos to Address Book or not, to Allow http connections or not, to Auto-update Facebook photos on or off, and you choose the sort mode by Alphabetical or by use.
My rating for the product is as follows. For the display of the program it gets a 5 out of 5. It’s a bright icon, easy to open and doesn’t freeze. For user friendliness, I’d say it’s 3.75 stars out of 5. I had to dig around, the Twitter was easily found. I had to go to change picture to find it, and the Facebook required me to add an app to my account to be able to activate the phone and application on the phone so it could search. I give it for use a rating of 4 out of five for what is left wanting. It does make it easier by name instead of pictures. It also makes for a great coversation piece. The program only works for you to contact your contacts but does not have any influence when your contact contacts you in any mode. And also requiring you to install Ringo to be able to choose the ringtones for your contacts.
If you are interested in PhoneFace, it is available for $9.95 from The BlackBerry Sync Store.
Minimal Requirements are:
For for BlackBerry Curve, Bold and Pearl
- Any BlackBerry with a trackball
Compatible with the following devices: 8100 (Pearl), 8110 (Pearl), 8120 (Pearl), 8130 (Pearl), 8220 (Pearl Flip), 8300 (Curve), 8310 (Curve), 8320 (Curve), 8330 (Curve), 8350i (Curve), 8800, 8820, 8830, 8900 (Curve), 9000 (Bold), Curve, Pearl
Compatible OS: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7