Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Contapps (Pro).
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Contapps (Pro) does not exist in the Android Market but there is a free Contacts & Dialer app by the same developer (and with the same “mascot” so its the same app, just a Pro = non-ad-supported, we assume, version). It is normally priced at $1.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Contapps (Pro) is described as follows:
Give your contacts list a makeover with Contapps (Pro), an advanced contacts and dialer app. With many fabulous features including social integration, multi-touch, and a fresh user interface, the app makes connecting with your friends and other contacts easy and simple.
Navigating your contacts is a breeze with Contapps (Pro). Call your friends directly from the Contapps board by pressing their profile picture. Star contacts by pressing the star icon located at the bottom of their profile picture. View contacts at a glance with the home screen widget, and choose to display starred and most contacted contacts, starred only, or most contacted only. Filter by groups or favorites. Sort alphabetically or by how frequently or recently you’ve contacted someone. You can also search your contacts in three different ways:
Keyboard search (the usual way): Press the Magnifier icon and enter the contact you want to find.
T9 search (the fast way): Press the Dialer icon and then enter your contact’s name using the letters on the dial pad. You can also search for numbers using this feature.
Gesture search (the cool way): After enabling this feature, press the Gesture icon to draw letters on your device’s screen to find a contact. Swipe your finger left to erase letters.
Contapps offers Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare integration from within your contacts list. An auto-sync feature will always make sure your contacts are updated with your Facebook friends. Interact with your Twitter friends through their Contapps profile. Access maps and navigation; Google; and aggregated feeds from Facebook, Twitter, and Google talk. Never miss another birthday when you receive birthday reminders from Facebook. Best of all, the Tapp design makes it easy to select which features you want.
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With Contapps (Pro), you get integrated SMS support so you can easily send and read SMS messages directly from within a Contapps contacts profile. It also includes maps and navigation in your contacts phonebook. To use this feature, just click on the navigate button and a navigation option will lead you to your contact’s address. Contapps (Pro) has an improved interface and new wallpapers. It’s faster, better, and even more fun. Other cool features include access to services like Skype and Whatsapp and call confirmation dialog in the call log. Sort your contacts in three ways: A-Z, Frequency, and Recent. Contapps (Pro) allows you to get more from your mobile contacts experience.
“Cool new apps – Contapps spruces up your contacts.” – PC Magazine
“Contapps offers a contacts app that’s more visual, with gesture-based search, social integration, search and mapping.” – GigaOM
Please note: Contapps uses the android.permission.READ_LOGS permission to enable users to report issues to the developer with log files attached. This ensures that issues can be addressed as quickly as possible.
Contapps (Pro) has a 4.3-star rating in the Android Market, and a 4.0-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
We believe Contapps (Pro) would be even more highly rated in the Amazon Appstore, if it were not for the normal permissions paranoia that seems much more … well … paranoid in the Amazon Appstore than in the Android Market.
In fact, one commenter even went off about it, saying “I am so sick of the morons that complain about permissions. I can’t believe you idiots don’t understand how this works. If an app wants access to your vibration feature that meana you can use the app to put your phone on vibrate. If a game wants access to calling that means it can pause the game to allow for a phone call to come in. most of the permissions these apps require are for your benefit.”
Those who are considering “buying” a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.
Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term “App Store.” Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.
You can see a demo video in the sidebar.