Addappt – Indie app of the day

by: Joe HindyJune 2, 2014

What is addappt?

Smartphones have revolutionized how we use the cell phone. What was once a fun little thing we kept in our pockets that got bad indie app of the dayreception everywhere has turned into a game playing, battery draining, socializing, HD-video-watching super machine. They’ve changed how we do pretty much everything. One of the few exceptions being how we manage contacts. Your address book is pretty much the same as it has always been with the notable exception of syncing to social media. A new app on Android called addappt may be changing that.

Here’s how the app works. On the face, it looks like your ordinary contacts replacement app. It’ll sync your current address book and show you all of your ordinary contacts. It’s once you start using it the way it is supposed to be used and getting others to use it that way that things become interesting.

When you add someone to addappt using the app’s built in system, you no longer have to worry about their contact information. If they move, change phone numbers, their email address, or anything else, they simply update it in addappt. The change will then sync to everyone that the person is connected to.

Let’s say you and I were connected on addappt. If I got a new phone number and updated my information in the application. That change would sync to your device (and everyone else I’m connected to). Thus you would automatically have my new contact information without my having to give it to you again or you having to request it.

This has the potential to change how we think about contacts. Usually when a phone gets broken, contacts get lost, or information gets changed, people have to go through the painstaking process of reaching out to all the important people, posting their new details on Facebook via the now-infamous “inbox me to get my new number”, and all sorts of other tedious methods. With addappt, once everyone is connected, you just sign into the app and all of your contacts will sync. You update your details and they get your new information. No more tedious emails.

The app itself is fairly well designed and it’s worth noting that it’s pretty much the same design across platforms. So iOS users and Android users all have invariably the same experience with the same set up which is actually something we quite liked. There are buttons on contact cards that let you call, message, or email them. You can also see quite a bit of info such as email, phone number, address, events (such as birthdays), websites, GPS location, and even personal stuff like family members. Each user can determine how much of their information is shown.

addappt review

  • Self-updating address book is really what everyone has always wanted.
  • Clean design and interface that's nearly identical cross platform makes it easy to show people who don't own Android.
  • Even if you don't get your friends to use it, it's a good contacts replacement app.
  • addappt contacts and non-addappt contacts are separated so you know who is and isn't part of that network.
  • addappt doesn't spam, store, or sell out your contacts.
  • There have been bugs reported that cause the app to crash on select devices as well as deleted contacts re-appearing.
  • If you don't get everyone to use it, there isn't much that it does that other contacts apps don't do.
Overall, addappt has a lot of potential. How well it works for you depends on how many other people you can convince to use it. Alone, it’s a very capable contacts replacement app but in the event that you can get your contacts to use it as well, it can become a lot more than that. It’s free in the Google Play Store and definitely worth checking out using the button below.
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  • Luka Mlinar

    Last time i changed my number was so some people would no longer have it. This kind of defeats the purpose as to why i would ever change my number.
    Also the chances that anyone has this app is slim to non. Getting all your people to install it is a good way get some people to lose your contact. I don’t see any reason why anyone would get this. Google contacts works so well. If you switched to a non supported device this could pose a problem. Or if they are slow to update to the new version of Android. So much can go wrong with this thing.

    • JosephHindy

      That’s an awful lot of conclusions to come to for having never used the app before bud. This isn’t iOS8, it’s okay to try it first.

      • Luka Mlinar

        But there’s no reason to. My friends are not using it. And the added features (considering my friends don’t use it) are meaningless to me. I don’t need groups, i have people i need to call and people i don’t (those numbers i delete). Group email or txt, now this is something you will most likely never need because there’s always one extra person or someone missing. Also it’s so easy to to add people to a mail or txt. Your argument is 100% right but then again you didn’t prove my assumptions wrong and for me even to consider using it there would have to be something in it that i find useful. As is, there’s nothing.

        • JosephHindy

          “Your argument is 100% right but then again you didn’t prove my assumptions wrong”

          I’m sorry, I didn’t realize the burden of proof was on my shoulders. I’ve also stated that if you fail at getting other people in your social circles to use it, then it doesn’t offer much more than other contacts apps. Your bringing no new information to the table and then trying to get me to do all the leg work. If this is a crappy app, prove it because I have done my homework and have concluded that -if you can get your friends to use it- that this is a really awesome application. Perhaps your opinion would change if you actually used it.

          This is why I don’t take people seriously when they say Touchwiz sucks and they’ve never used a Samsung phone before. If you’ve never tried it, don’t bash it. You cannot speak ill of something you’ve never done before.

          • Luka Mlinar

            Yea but if there’s no added benefits (Touchwiz as well) than it’s a matter of look and feel. You do have me on that. I’m not a themes guy. And Touchwiz does suck, that one i tried on more than one occasion XP
            Anyhoo maybe some day down the road when /if this thing goes mainstream i might have a crack at it.

      • Luka Mlinar

        -Self-updating address book is really what everyone has always wanted. (this is not a pro, it’s a questionable statement)

        -addappt doesn’t spam, store, or sell out your contacts. (It’s like saying, this kindergarten doesn’t beat your children)