June 21, 2012
There are many ways we can use our iPhone/iPod touch to connect with friends. These include by email, iMessage, FaceTime, through social networks, and of course, making a call. Savi People is a new acquaintance app that recently arrived in the App Store. It’s like Apple’s own Contacts app, but with more social functionality. Created by MobileLife Studio, the $0.99 app helps you easily organize, view, and communicate with your contacts, Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, and Twitter followers. The result is something special, if not quite perfected. The first time you enter Savi People, the app automatically adds information from your Contacts app. This includes everything from a contact’s phone number, email, address, and even birthday. From here, you can add each contact to a group and make them a favorite by clicking a star icon. Additionally, Savi People includes a filtering tool, which comes in handy when you have a lot of contacts. Best of all, when you click on a contact’s name, you’ll see a row of buttons, each which signifies the type of communication that is possible, by contact. These include icons for phone, FaceTime, iMessage, and email. In addition, an active pin icon signifies that communicating with the contact through a social network is possible. Twitter app or my personal third-party app favorite, Tweetbot. Finally, there is one additional point that is worth mentioning. Come fall, Apple is adding significant Facebook integration with iOS 6. When this happens, your Contacts app will automatically include friend information from this network. When you couple that with its Twitter integration weaknesses, Savi People’s reason for being becomes less clear. Between now and then, it will be interesting to see what new features Savi People gains to keep it relevant. Savi People is available now at a special price of $0.99 in the App Store.
Tweetbot for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch)