Ringya: Putting the Phone Back into iPhone


Price: Free
Ringya: Written iPhone App Review

Ringya for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We see a lot of productivity applications here at the iPhone App Review, most not quite as good as they might chalk themselves up to be. However, Ringya is not this sort of app, as it not only delivers on its promises, but does it with a particular amount of flair. It’s got everything you need to keep your contacts organized, and your life productive—and all with nothing but a single app on your iPhone, and a decent head for contacts. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Functionality

The basic idea behind Ringya looks something like this: The app allows you to add all of your contacts to your iPhone, and then sort them into “rings” based on their relationship to one another, and to you. For instance, if you’re a parent with a million new faces to remember each school year, simply throw all those new contacts into a “Parents & PTA” ring. Now you’re done! Using this single example, you can then opt to text or email everyone within that ring from inside Ringya, or you can single out individuals for a private message. This makes it super quick to get in touch with those you need—a fact that’s most easily appreciated by those who constantly use group messaging.

Another unique feature the app offers is its paper recognition. You can hold the sucker up to any paper list, take a photo, and then Ringya will automatically create a ring, add the contacts, and sort the whole mess out for you. Admittedly we haven’t used a paper contacts list in a while, but the feature is incredibly useful for those emerging from a meeting with a sheet full of names.

Graphics and Design

Ringya for iPhone

Ringya for iPhone

Overall, we have very few complaints with the look and design of the app. It makes extensive use of the tabbed list and tabbed navigational controls we’re used to seeing in iOS: However, as the app is essentially a “list app” we find this quite appropriate. When we think of the app’s rings, we would like to see more of a Google+ style affair, with some drag-and-dropping in a slightly more Dribble appropriate way. Still, you can’t have everything, and our small design-oriented complaints hardly stack up to the raw functionality that Ringya is offering.

Overall Value

And besides, let’s face it: Ringya is completely free in the App Store, which makes it a tremendous value for anyone who’s in need of a better way to organize the plethora of contacts they encounter on a daily basis. If this group includes you, go ahead and download the app now to give it a whirl. We promise it will help smooth out your life, one tiny ring at a time.

RingyaRingya requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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