Good Idea: Contact Coverflow

Among the features we'd hoped to see in iPhone 2.0 that we didn't: Photo Speed Dial. Sure, there's a nasty hack to get photo speed dial by adding web shortcuts to your homescreen, but it's not very convenient and the photos are very small. TechAU managed to have one of those moment where they think of something that we all should have: Contact Coverflow. We like it because, well, the Coverflow framework is already on the iPhone (you've seen it in the iPod app) and can be utilized by other jailbroken apps -- as witnessed in the jailbreak app AppFlow.

We wish we'd thought of this first. Actually, we wish Apple had thought of this first. iPhone 2.1 anybody?

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Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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Good Idea: Contact Coverflow


Wow! Dieter has Kevin, Leo, and Cali on speed dial!
That's an awesome idea that I'd really like to see in 2.x. Being able to rotate into Cover Flow Contacts would be very productive for a certain class of contact finding.
(Same reason it works so well in Leopard's finder for some quick locating).

I never thought I'd say it, but I love photos in my contacts just like I love customized ringtones. I'm not very trendy and don't use pop songs; I just want to know who's calling without having to look, and want to dial by pushing a picture. it's like ordering at denny's... just point to the thing that looks tasty.

I knwo this is being picky, but i love the reflection that the picture has, and of course its a Jack Johnson haha

The cover flow presentation of speed dial is a gorgeous idea :) I definitely am a fan of any photo dial I can get that is decent, so I got the Speed Dial up on the app store.