Dialvetica is the simple, but powerful $1.99 contact manager that aims to replace the Phone application on your trusty iPhone dock. The method to Dialvetica’s madness is simple: Less taps to place a phone call, email, or SMS. Dialvetica aims to achieve this in three ways: First, it keeps track of your habits and brings your most popular contacts to the top of the list. Second, it lets you search for contacts via its sticky keyboard (always on screen) by typing the first couple of letters you associate with that contact (it could be their initials, the first few letters of their first or last name, or even an uncommon ‘z’ if you’re looking for your buddy Chaz). Third, it sets a default email address, SMS number, and phone number, and then it will launch the appropriate app for the task (Mail, SMS, or Phone App) with a single click.
Dialvetica is the type of app that you might not realize you need until you give it a try. Compared to the standard phone or contact app, Dialvetica definitely helps you find your contacts and take action much more efficiently. The design is clean and simple, and it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. In short, Dialvetica does exactly what it claims to do.
My previous complaint with Dialvetica was that it was maybe too smart for its own good. It wouldn’t let me edit my contacts, or remove a contact from the smart favorites. The editing issue was resolved in the latest version (3.1), but if you accidentally called your 3rd cousin from Norway, Dialvetica requires you to call the rest of your favorites enough to bump them from the list.
You know the saying, “old habits die hard”? If you can find a way to kick the old habit of using the Phone app, make space for Dialvetica on your dock, and let it work its magic. You’ll no doubt come away with a great app for its $1.99 price tag. Otherwise, Dialvetica can have a tendency to be forgotten in the pile of screens and folders on your iPhone.
Have you tried Dialvetica? If you have, drop us a line in the comments and let us know how you like it and if you’re still using it!