Smartr Contacts for iPhone
Smartr Contacts—a free app from Xobni—just might be the iPhone’s ultimate address book.
The app’s developer promises a contact book containing the name and contact information of “everyone you’ve ever communicated with.” That’s an extreme claim, but Smartr Contacts comes close to fulfilling it: It pulls the contact and calendar information from your iPhone, of course, but it can also pull the same information from your Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook email accounts, as well as contact data for all of your friends and acquaintances on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
That can make for an exhaustive list—the app imported nearly 4,000 contacts from my various accounts. The app resolves duplicate entries among the services, pulling contact information from various sources into one listing for a single person. You can email or text that contact from within the app; if you want to make a call, you’ll leave the app to do so.
One neat feature in Smartr Contacts involves analytics. The app shows you how much contact you’ve had with a particular individual over the last year via a handy chart. It also lists each email and calendar event that includes that contact’s name. You also can glance at a list of all your recent contacts with that person. And Smartr Contacts also keeps a list of common contacts: If you’ve emailed both your mother and sister in a single message, the app remembers that they’re connected—a handy feature when you’re trying to remember everybody to include on a group email.
A small problem: The app seems to lag a bit at times, particularly when searching for a particular contact. It’s not a crippling flaw, but it can be a bit exasperating at times.
Overall, though, Smartr Contacts does a fantastic job of aggregating your various address books into a single list.
[Joel Mathis is a writer in Philadelphia.]