Address Book Research
- Users do not need a gmail account to be able to make use of Google Contacts
- Import mail and contacts to bring existing contacts from Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, gmail and google apps.
- Users can download their address books from social media apps such as LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
- Choose the “find duplicates” tool, and easily merge contacts
- Field entries include: Names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays.
- Sort Contacts in Groups: All contacts, My Contacts, Your Friends, Family and Coworkers, Create your own
Google Contacts allows users to pull out information from several sources into one place. However, Google Contacts does not have any place for profile pictures, website URLs or social media profiles that some other applications have.
Apple Address Book App
- Users can sync their contacts from/to phones, PDAs, iPods, and other Macs.
- One-click automatic lookup for duplicate entries
- Lookup address on map online to find exact location
- Speech recognition searching
- Change of contact address notification
- 2 viewing modes: View Card and Column, View Card only.
- 3 panes:
Title group: All directories, each user-made group. File + Add New group
Title name: Names of all people in the group. Can order by first or last name.
Selected name: All card corresponding to selected name. Info of card: Picture, name pronunciation, first name, last name, job title, company, phone number, email address, home page, birthday, instant messaging username, address, related names, note.
Some critique are that the app does not have options such as Bluetooth or calls. The interface is not intuitive, a user complained that they always have a hard time clicking in the right spot.
Address book app for Iphone : Simpler contacts
- Easy contact merge for duplicate contacts
- Search parameters
- Group texting and email for groups
- Contact backup with Dropbox, Google Drive, or email
- Filter options to find people by job title or company
- Filter by birthdays
- Favourites menu for quick access
- Search for contacts without names, phone or email.
- Smart dialer
The app is simple to use. However, there is no social network integration. Not ideal to manage thousands of contacts.
Full Contact (free)
Not as elegant as Simpler but more features. Can add “context to contacts”, such as, see recent tweets of Facebook updates as well as add tags to keep contacts organised into different groups. Users can see social profiles of contacts so users always know who you’re talking to. Able to Sync across Google, iOS and FullContacts so handy when you have contacts in many places.
Full Contact Premium: scan business cards, capture email signatures, can collaborate with team on notes and tags.
Paper address book
Little black book
- Elastic closure
- Space for over 600 contacts
- Fields: name, address, home, mobile, work/fax, email
- Transportable, small, pocket size.
Notes: Hard to find contacts, need to peruse through a lot of contact fields, especially if there are no tags. Address books can get worn out, can get physically lost. Relies on memory and well written notes.
Government Departments and Agencies Address book:
Notes: Website ordered in alphabetical order. Buttons with each alphabet letter at the top so the user can easily find the department they are looking for by filtering. Automatically sets on A first. Clicking on an entry pops up a new page with the contact details of that entry including name, phone number, web address, physical address and government branch. + link to another information page related to the department.
Notes on paper address book:
Paper Address book is a family history. Quote from MPR news Address book is a family history article “paper address book is blissfully resistant to being wiped out from a hard dish crash or from being dropped in a puddle”. Not just erase and edit information, paper address book is a personal history of meaningful years of the author’s relationships. A phone may be convenient, but it cannot replace the memories of an old address book.
As a user, when I open the app, I see a list of contacts in alphabetical order.
As a user, clicking on one contact will display a pop-up of the contact card with the name, address, phone number and email of contact.
As a user, I can search for contacts on the list by using the search query at the very top of the main display window. As a user, I can input specific words in the search query to find which contact cards contain the word I searched.
As a user, I can click the sort button (A->Z) to sort the list based on names.
As a user, I can click the sort button (Z->A) to sort the list based on names.
As a user, I can press on a country, for example, “china”, I can filter the list and show my contacts living in China only.