The Treo series has always had good phone interfaces. They never were too artsy, but always served their masters well…this was how a phone app for a smartphone should be. Phoney. The debut of Apple’s iPhone, however, shook up the rules given above. Suddenly, visuals were in and photos were cool – GX5′s DialByPhoto is such a GUI phone app for Palm OS. Can it stack up in everyday use?
DialByPhoto essentially has two modes of operation – contacts view mode and overview mode. The overview mode aims to ‘replace’ the phone home screen. It provides information about incoming email, appointments and also presents a few contacts. The possible styles are shown below:
The web integration is pretty nifty, as the app allows you to jump directly to search results. However, as of this review, the Google jumping didn’t work on my Treo…
This review focussed on version 1.4005 of the program. It takes about 1.5MB of RAM, and worked stably on my Palm Treo 680.
Overall, DialByPhoto is an interesting take on the ever-constant business phone app market. DialByPhoto isn’t the most efficient app on the market – but that’s not what it should be. Instead, it is a cool-looking and customizable app that is fun to use and look at! If you like a cool-looking phone app, definitely make use of the free trial period!
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