PhoneTell and other call managers for Android

Jul 22, 2010
Tech

If you’re a smartphone user, you’re quickly becoming aware of all the ways your phone can help you manage your life. Calls are a big part of that life — at least the part you share with your phone. Here are some call and contact managers that will get you organized and socialized around your […]

If you’re a smartphone user, you’re quickly becoming aware of all the ways your phone can help you manage your life. Calls are a big part of that life — at least the part you share with your phone.

Here are some call and contact managers that will get you organized and socialized around your friends.

Productivity

PhoneTell‘s free app covers both ends of the spectrum, helping you manage calls and contacts. See the contact details of an incoming call and choose to send a default or custom text if you have to decline it. This Android app has reminders for return calls and a search tool that goes beyond the numbers saved in your phone.

aContacts is a search tool for digging through your contacts. Search all contact fields, including number, business or position. The free Android app comes with a call log, call-back reminders and speed dial. No updates for 2.0 or above, though the team has My Friend Book for later Android models (see below).

Dindy helps you manage calls through profiles. Designed to ensure you never miss an important call, this Android app gives you direct SMS options to respond to calls you can’t take.  For less than $1, Dindy lets you determine when you will — and won’t — take calls, customizing your phone settings based on time or location through its Locale plug-in as well.

If you’re curious about your call log, or need reporting tools for business, the 99-cent Call Log Analyzer may be helpful.  The Android app displays details such as call durations for individual uses, along with stats for incoming, outgoing and missed calls.  Call Log Analyzer has export options, supporting email, PDF, XML and CSV files types.

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Better Cut lets you create all kinds of shortcuts; make direct home screen widgets for a website or your display settings.  The $1.99 Android app can also create shortcuts for calling or texting someone, making “butt-dials” easier than ever before.

Social

My Friend Book makes your contacts social.  Organize friends according to your preferences and send batch emails and texts.  When you view a contact, you’ll have one-click options to call, text, email or chat. There are filters in place for quickly accessing your favorites or most frequently called, and advanced search tools.  The Android app is 99 cents.

Phonebook reworks your phone’s Contacts and Dialer apps, oriented around your social needs.  The free Android app pulls from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other networks to keep you updated with status changes, new photos and birthday reminders. Auto-filters give you quick access to your most-dialed phone numbers, nearby friends, text messages, a specific network and more.

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