Developer: Andrea Vettori
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
If you use your iPhone for business (or you just happen to have a wide circle of friends, family and foes), you know how valuable the iPhone can be for managing your list of contacts. If only there were a way for you to manage your contacts by groups and filter your contact info in a variety of ways.
Andrea Vettori's ABContacts picks up where the iPhone built-in Contacts app leaves off. What's more, every change you make in ABContacts will appear in the native app and vice versa. That's evident when you first launch ABContacts and open it. Your contacts will already be there for you to start putting into groups.
ABContacts makes it easy for you to get your contacts in order with a variety of options including the ability to quickly add contacts, sort them by group and filter them by company, city and other parameters.
One handy feature: ABContacts can be used to alert you to upcoming birthdays and other events. If you want to be sure to remember your wife's birthday, this is definitely the way to go.
ABContacts is the full-featured version of ABContacts Lite, a version which sells for $0.99. What the two apps have in common are the ability to manage groups in a variety of ways and to send email and text. What distinguishes the "pro" version from the lite version is the ability to add contacts using a "fast screen," contact filtering, upcoming birthdays and events and more comprehensive info on the contact list.
When you first set up ABContacts be sure to go to Settings, where you'll find options to load the app at the startup, clear filters when ABContacts closes, choose whether to send emails to groups as well as other key functions.