By Jean Shilinski
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
The GOOD news:
Your iPhone (or iPod Touch) full supports having your contacts sorted into groups right in its own contacts application.
The BAD news:
The iPhone comes with no interface for this function, so until now you haven't been able to group your contacts right from your iPhone.
Enter "Contact Grouper". An application with an easy to use interface that allows you to sort your contacts into groups. After you have added one or more groups you'll see a "Groups" button right in your phone's contact application.
Contacts can be part of more than one group, so you are in full control of how you would like to organize your contacts. For example, you might put a co-worker in both "Friends" and "Work". You can add as many or as few groups as you would like!
Keep your contact list simple and organized with Contact Grouper!
Does just what it is supposed to do--with a couple of syncing issues
I was used to the Palm environment where it was easy to group contacts into categories. Not so with Outlook or Google (I use a PC--apparently Macs Contacts are easy to group too). This app just does what I wanted it to do--it easily allows me to create contact categories so when I want to look up someone (especially if I can't quite remember the person's name) I just look in the category. It's far easier than perusing my entire contact list. And people can be in more than one category. ONE CAVEAT: Do NOT use this app if you sync with Google Contacts. Google occasionally "hiccups" and removes all your contacts from your iPod for a few minutes, and then puts them back. But then all your groups disappear and you have to re-create them! And if you sync with Outlook, Outllok puts your grouped contacts into groups that cannot be accessed via Address Book or the To field of an email--you have to go to the contact within the category and start the email from there. Also--it would be nice if there were an alphabet slide as you create groups. If you want to add Ann Adams and Zelda Zilch to the same group, it is very tedious!
After working with this app with Outlook I discovered a few things. For every group you create in the app, that group appears in Outlooks' "My Contacts" as another Address Book. I also noticed that everything that was in my "Contacts" folder in Outlook was gone, but now put into the groups that were created. Before this app, all of my contacts were in one address book. When i copied the contacts from all groups and pasted them back into my "Contacts" folder, it created doubles on my iPhone. I also notice when I create an email in Outlook, I must select which group or "Address Book" that person I'm emailing is located. Not a big deal. Having said all of this, I've managed to make things work within Outlook that I can live with. Until the iPhone calendar comes up with an update that will allow it to pull in categories (groups) from Outlook, this is the best app that I've seen and well worth the price. The ability to be able to navigate hundreds of contacts on the iPhone through Grouper is a breath of fresh air!
I can't believe that there isn't a way to do this built right into the iPhone. But it is something I've always wanted to do. I mean, even if you only have 30 contacts organizing them becomes an issue. In my old phone I could sort my contacts into groups like friends or work, but for some reason, as great as the iPhone is, it doesn't let you do it. My old phone was a (Palm) Treo and after switching to the iPhone I get annoyed that there are things that it could do natively that the iPhone can't. But it is great that this application lets you keep you contacts organized, I just wish I didn't have to download something to do it. Seriously, how did Apple not think that this is a feature people would want??? I don't usually rate apps at 5 star but this one does exactly what is says and it does it well. Highly reccommended. That last reviewer, romer48, seems to have no idea what he is talking about.
- Category: Utilities
- Released: Oct 10, 2008
- Version: 1.0.0
- Size: 0.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jean Shilinski
- © 2008 Devare.com
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.