One Touch Dial: Dial It Up Using the Grid


Price: $1.99
One Touch Dial – speed dial call your favorite contacts and quick photo dialer for social networks
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Over the years, we’ve seen more than a few easy dialing solutions for the iPhone. Some have been really quite good, and others have been poorly designed entries with cumbersome functionality. Thankfully, One Touch Dial, from MatixSoft Inc., is much more of the former than it is the latter.

The app actually does make it simple to tap and dial your favorite contacts, as well as contact them in a variety of other ways, too. It’s a bit pricy, and it’s still not the ideal solution, but if you’re looking for a slick way to get dial quickly, it may yet be your new best mate.

Concept and Functionality

At its core, it’s pretty hard to find fault with the actual concept behind One Touch Dial. The application gives you sheets of grids, which you can then fill-in with the big ugly mugs of your favorite friends, family members, and coworkers.

To dial them up immediately, just tap that photo, and away your phone goes, sending out that call! It’s quick, speedy, and you get to tap a very visual representation of your contact to send a message.

You can also attach other services like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (as well as plain-ol’ SMS) to your contact squares. Want to make a face larger than the others? Just long-tap the images, and then double-tap the photo you want to make it larger.

There’s a wealth of customization options in the settings panel, as well, which can make One Touch Dial all the more useful.

Overall, it’s a slick package that reminded us a lot of the girds used in Windows mobile—this is a very good thing. It’s quick, easy, and does more or less exactly what you would expect it to do.

Design and Interface

One Touch Dial for iPhone

One Touch Dial for iPhone

Now, on the one hand we’d quite like to give One Touch Dial a pleasant rating for its interface. It’s very cohesive with the new iOS 7, and it takes very little effort to navigate. That being said, we’re still not sure if one actually needs One Touch Dial.

After all, there’s a favorites section in your iPhone dialer for your contacts. That takes two clicks to use, the same as One Touch Dial, which keeps all your contacts within its own walls due to Apple limitations. Otherwise, we feel like it might be just as easy to use native social media apps as it would be to use One Touch for everything.

Overall Value

It’s also a little unfortunate that One Touch Dial happens to cost a whole dollar more than we usually like to see for this sort of thing. At two bucks, One Touch Dial is hardly going to break the bank. Still, it’s not as cheap as free (what’s already on your iPhone) or any of the other dozen options that are out there.

That being said, it’s cleverly designed, it works like a champ, and it’s fluid as can be. So at the end of the day, still a recommended application from us!

One Touch DialOne Touch Dial requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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2 Responses to “One Touch Dial: Dial It Up Using the Grid”

  1. Gradigirl says:

    I also tried app TouchVisualDial

  2. Paulo Buchsbaum says:

    It’s very useful for everyday life. Group your main contacts in pages using squares (icons or photos) allowing calling, SMS, e-mail, etc. Besides it implements a nice T9 search for all your contacts.
    I have 3 suggestions:
    1) It could have a option to use bigger letters.
    2) It could allowing more than 5 ways to communicate with a contact.
    3) It could implementing gestures to SMS or e-mail with one interaction.

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