Speedy Dial!: Get to Calling Much Quicker!

Price: $0.99

Speedy Dial!: iPhone App Written and Video Review

Speedy Dial for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you wish you could call your friends, family and coworkers much more efficiently on the iPhone? Wish there was an app that would enable you to do this? If so, then step up to the queue, my friend! Speedy Dial! by developer BFSApps fits the bill and more. It makes it exceptionally easy to load what’s already on your phone’s contact list, and then display it in such a way that allows you to instantly call up to 48 contacts. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, then keep on scrolling beyond the break for our full review!

Concept and Functionality

So what is Speedy Dial? Essentially, the app is a modernized edition of speed dial for your iPhone. This is a cool concept, as the phone itself does not come with any form of quick calling, while platforms like the HTC Sense UI do. Here’s how Speedy Dial works: The app trolls through your contacts list, looking for names and numbers. It then displays these across three unique pages with color coded buttons to make your life easier. All in all, it’s a quick setup, too. The app is automatically tied to your contacts list, though you’re also welcome to peel back the hood and plug in those numbers yourself. You can also edit the buttons and their colors if you’d like, ensuring that you get the perfect fit for your auto-dialing needs. Overall, the app is a smooth criminal and we have no real functionality complaints with the app. It dials out as expected, and typically we did have a significant ease-of-use increase while using Speedy Dial.

Design and Interface

Speedy Dial for iPhone

Speedy Dial for iPhone

Thankfully, Speedy Dial! delivers quite nicely in the design department, as well. Its buttons are very clear and easy to peruse, and the wide spread makes it incredibly easy to hit your favorite contact for a quick dial out. We also liked the option to turn on “Prompt Before Dial,” that way we don’t accidentally call our boss, and can return to the app once we’re done dialing. Furthermore, we liked the variety of colors that are open to us to arrange and modify our contacts. And lastly, the app’s interface is intuitive enough that there’s hardly any learning curve.

Overall Value

On the subject, Speedy Dial is only a dollar for a limited time only. If you ask us, that’s not a lot to ask for the app. If you’ve been looking for a quality speed dial application for the iPhone, but haven’t been sure where to look, may we be the first to recommend the app. It’s got a lot to offer, and as future updates continue to improve upon the functionality already contained within, we have no doubt that Speedy Dial! will be the premier quick-dial app for iPhone in no time at all.

Speedy DialSpeedy Dial! requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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One Response to “Speedy Dial!: Get to Calling Much Quicker!”

  1. It’s unfortunate that the reviewer in the video failed to show how quickly a speed dial can be set up (e.g. 3-4 seconds), and spent so little time demonstrating the app’s other great features and instead spent so much time repeating his opinion concerning how he would like the app to look. Interestingly, this app’s appearance has garnered ‘overwhelmingly’ positive feedback elsewhere (the editor of one review site said Speedy Dial! “is very good looking” and that it is “very easy on the eye”). Furthermore, it is unfortunate that the reviewer clearly bumbled around in the video and made at least two factual errors concerning the app (i.e. 1-returning back to the app is possible after dialing–this is done with the ‘prompt before dialing’ option, and 2-his mistaken comment regarding the purpose of the format phone number button). Also unfortunate was his spending so much time on subjective elements (e.g. the reviewer’s opinion of the app’s appearance) rather than spending time going over the more objective elements (e.g. how the app actually performs). People can see how the app looks for themselves and make up their own minds. It would have been nice for the reviewer to spend more time on how the app actually functions – in a professional way (re-shooting the video as necessary) – rather than spending so much time opining on how one might have liked the app to look. It is also curious how the reviewer admits that the app “fits the bill and more”, “makes it exceptionally easy to load what’s already on your phone’s contact list”, “is a cool concept”, is “a quick setup”, is “a smooth criminal” that he had “no real functionality complaints with”, and admits that he “did have a significant ease-of-use increase while using Speedy Dial” and that the app “works quite well”, yet barely covers this in the video (or even seems to contradict it). Overall, the video review is really a disappointment in terms of quality and content. We had hoped to use it as an instructional video for using the app, but it obviously won’t fit the bill. Therefore, we’ll try to put together a short video tutorial on using Speedy Dial! and make it available through our site (we’ll post the video or a link to it at http://www.bfsnet.com/SD as soon as possible). We hope you’ll check it out!

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