- Contacts app. (Included on your iPad by default.) The Contacts app stores names, numbers, email addresses, and more so you can get the goods on your lunch date before you sit down at the table. It’ll even allow you to store a picture and notes, too. The notes feature is ideal for storing kids’ names, favorite foods, last order volume, and more, so you can impress them with your encyclopedic knowledge. And when you enter an address, you can even tap the screen to automatically open Google Maps and get door-to-door directions.
If you’re looking for something more robust, there are a number of different apps in the App Store to check out, including:
- Contacts Journal. ($5.99) This is a high-end personal Contacts Relationship Management (CRM) system. More than a phone book, it’s more like a “to do” list that you can associate with each contact, along with a filtering option, export capability, and more. This tool is ideal for someone who interacts with a large number of people on an ongoing basis – perfect for sales professionals. This app was featured on Mashable.com as one of the “5 Useful iPhone Apps for Business Networking.” It was also featured on Forbes.com as one of the “10 Best iPhone Apps for Business Networkers.” So, obviously this is an impressive tool.
- ContactsP HD. ($2.99) This is the basic Contacts app with added features. It has more customization options, including a revved-up graphical user interface, lots of search options, and ability to set groups.
- Contacts Pro for iPad. ($1.99) This app allows you to input and password protect a large amount of data, such as credit card info, website/email log-in, etc. This is a useful app if you’re concerned about the security of your contacts being compromised.
As with any App (or software program, for that matter), figure out what you need your program to do before you go buy one. Don’t assume you “need” the biggest and best, when the default free version might do everything you need in a simple and easy-to-use manner.