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Sep
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Bringing us familiar dialer features and fun design touches, GO Contacts EX is coming in at number four on our Hunt for the Best Dialer replacement for your Android phone. GO Contacts comes to us from the always awesome GO Dev Team, the developers behind other popular apps including GO launcher, GO keyboard, GO weather, and GO SMS (Note from the editor: If you haven't tried out GO SMS Pro, I highly recommend it.).

At A Glance

GO Contacts EX appears to be a simple enough dialer replacement, with all the features we've come to expect - the dial pad, call log, contacts, groups and favorites. GO executes its features smoothly and looks great doing it. Something that may seem trivial - but which I suspect has a lot to do with GO's success - is its design, especially the fact that it offers a swipe interface with various screen transitions to choose from. Being able to swipe anywhere on the screen to seamlessly go from dial pad to contacts, to favorites and back again is infinitely easier (and much cooler) than clicking individual tabs.

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Features

The first thing I want to say about GO's features is that they are versatile - the app's menus have a ton of options, allowing you to change a lot about how the app functions.

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Of course the first feature to discuss when looking at a dialer replacement is the dial pad itself. GO brings us the standard dial pad with a clean blue theme (don't worry - there are tons of other themes available), the ability to search using number keys, and the familiar call log underlay behind it which will expand at the swipe of a finger. After swiping to expand the list, the user can sort calls into lists including missed calls, incoming, and outgoing, which is a useful feature when searching for a recent call.

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Next up is the Contacts tab. On the surface the contacts tab looks familiar enough, but GO has added some interesting features I haven't seen before. The first of these is the option of merging contacts. This will scan your contacts list for names, email addresses, or phone numbers that match and allow you to merge them to a single contact file. GO also allows for batch deleting, import/export of contact files, and more. These features were refreshing to find, as they proved that GO had more to offer than just the basic features.

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The Groups tab is not necessarily as exciting, as it is mainly comprised of the familiar feature's we've seen before. I normally don't use contact groups, but GO has added some really nice features to this tab that could convince me to make use of it. GO has made it possible to send SMS or email to all contacts in a group, which is really convenient when you need to relay a message to a group quickly and easily.

The Favorites tab is also what you'd expect, offering click-to-call functionality for a select group of contacts. One thing that I'd like to see added to this tab is the ability to re-order the contacts you've selected, but I can't complain too much, as the feature functions well and is useful either way.

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One major weak point I found with the app was that it was very buggy. Sometimes it worked great and other times the screen transitions would slow or stop altogether, which sometimes not only froze the app, but my phone as well. This may be device-specific, but it made the app unusable at times, and really isn't acceptable for an app that I'd use on a daily basis.

Final Thoughts

Bugs aside, I like GO Contacts EX. It is a simple app with an incredible amount of options for customization and theming. If it worked perfectly, I'd definitely consider it as my everyday dialer.

Pros

  • It's Free - GO Contacts EX is totally free, and packs a great amount of functionality in for a free app.
  • Ease of Use/Interface - GO allows for a lot of customization which is always a plus. The interface is already so simple and intuitive however that not much tweaking is needed.
  • Refreshing Features - Again, GO has a lot of features, many of which are hidden in context menus within the four basic tabs. This functionality is refreshing to see, and well-implemented.

Cons

  • Bugs - The glitches I encountered during my experience with this app were frustrating to say the least, and a huge negative for me.
  • There Could Be More - While there are great options within the menus, there are some minor features that I feel are missing, such as the ability to reorder favorites.

Overall I wouldn't count GO Contacts EX out as an everyday dialer, but the occasional bugs make me want to keep looking for something that performs more consistently. Hopefully with future updates the GO Dev Team can address some of these issues, making GO Contacts EX just about perfect as far as replacement dialers go.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.bankscabinets.com Cody banks

    Awesome app!
    To fix the notification bug you have to turn the app into a system app. So you must have root to do this.

    The reason for this. Android 2.3 and above
    won't

  • RBI411

    I wouldn't call the theme selection for GO Contacts plentify. Seems pretty barren to me in comparison GO Launcher EX or even GO SMS.

    • http://www.liamspradlin.com Liam Spradlin

      You're probably right, but I don't ask for many themes, and it certainly has more themes than the other dialers I've tried so far.

  • ughx

    what about the ability to update Google contact's groups

  • ben

    Hi: Has anyone tired Youlu address book/Dialer I like it because it is pretty fast.

  • Eric

    Pretty bug free for me.

  • Daniel

    Liam, I suspect the problems with the transitions you see are the memory issues that plague many apps that use OpenGL graphics. This is not the app's fault - it's a configuration error made by the phone manufacturer. Just search for min_free_kbytes, and you'll find plenty of explanations and possible remedies.

  • http://www.mibapps.com/ Avi

    My wife and I both use this a our default dialer. I have encountered any bugs. I converted it to a system app to fix the notification "bug."

  • Julio Lima

    My first post on Ap.com! Hurray! ;)

    I have been reading AP for about some time and love to come here.
    I think that is worth to take a look at this dialer:

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.movester.quickcontact

    It is modular, you can install just the basic or add more features downloading "plugins" (search more apps from "movesti").

  • Ken

    The problem I've noticed about GO Contacts is that all your "Other Contacts" show up in the app, not just "My Contacts" like in the stock dialer. So each time you email someone, that person is added to the "Other Contacts" and it clutters up your list.

    • Ambi

      Have the same problem here. Alle my google contacts show up. Anyone has a solution to filter this ?

      • Delos

        same here, I didn't found a way to select wich group of gmail contacts display

  • Meak34

    I downloaded the app, after finally finding it by the hardest in the Go Store. I couldn't find it in the Play Store. I want to change the Theme but can't figure out how to do so because I cannot find the MENU to do so. There isn't much in my settings either. Please Help!!