Tired of your stale contact list or address book on your iPhone? Check out Tatap Call, a sweet contacts list alternative iPhone app, from developer Francesco Ingrassia. Turn your best friends into cool stamps and quickly call them with this bargain-priced app.
Tatap Call gives you the option of tapping your friend’s icons twice to quickly call them while “pinching” their icons allows you to rotate and zoom. You can drag them around the screen and arrange them however you see fit. Finally, tapping and holding down on the contact icon pops up an options box, from which you can select to text, email, edit or even block the chosen contact. Importing your contacts is a snap and organizing them is really fun! It definitely feels like a custom, unique address book, far more interesting that the generic built-in iOS contacts list.
As a graphics artist, I pay special attention to the layout, design and user interface appearance on iOS apps. Tatap Call takes the minimalist approach to application graphics and it pays off. As seen in the screenshots, the layout sprawls the contacts you choose to import across the screen, with a ‘stamp collector’ style effect around each picture. Of course, for this to work the best, you will need clear photos of your friends and other contacts. For some people, this may not be an option, especially for people you have just met. However, if you keep Tatap Call limited to a set of “best friends” or others whom you are especially close with, chances are you can obtain crisp, excellent photos of them to use for the app. One other complaint I have is with the “pin” option, as I am not sure it is the best way to indicate the “blocking” of a contact. Perhaps a fat red ”X” or similar symbol with negative connotations would be better. However, the “pin” does fit into the stamp theme very nicely and isn’t really that big of an issue for me. The Tatap Call icon is easily recognized while browsing apps on my iPhone, especially important when you have as many apps cluttering the screen as I do! Overall, Tatap Call is quite polished and feels right at home amongst other graphically slick apps on the iPhone.
Ease of Use:
Tatap Call is really easy to get the hang of! After installing the Tatap iPhone app, I was able to import my contacts and contact them quickly. It took me a little longer to figure out how to rotate and zoom my contacts in or out, but it’s really not too hard to do. Don’t expect to load all 300+ people in your contact list and still navigate Tatap Call easily, but that’s really not what this app is about. Instead, I think it is best suited for loading your most frequent contacts and friends, allowing you to view a memorable photo of them along with easily contacting them.
Tatap Call is a breath of fresh air for the dry iPhone contacts list and is certainly a great alternative. It’s also quite a steal, priced at only $0.99. This appears to be Francesco Ingrassia’s first app for the iOS market and I applaud him for creating such a practical and visually-appealing application.
TaTap Call iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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TaTap Call iPhone Video Demo