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iPhone App Review: My Face

iPhone App Review: My Face

August 8th, 2010 by

In the movie Robots, Bigweld tells aspiring inventors “See a need, fill a need.” That’s essentially the way I feel about apps in the iPhone app store: target a need that you see not being met (or not being met as well as YOU think you can meet it), and home in on that like a laser. My most-used apps do basically one thing and one thing well, and don’t try to be too ambitious.

My Face follows this development model, giving you a simple way to associate pictures with contacts in your contact list. To be more specific, it actually allows you to specify what picture you would like to be associate with your contact info in someone else’s iPhone, provided they are using the My Face app. It’s an interesting idea.

The basic idea is this: within My Face, you assign a picture from your phone to be your contact picture that others see when you call them. They are presumably doing the same for you. So every once in a while you fire up the app and hit “Get Contact Pictures” to see if anyone in your address book has uploaded a new image for themselves.

The app is straightforward: on the settings page you enter your contact info and first and last initial, plus the country you’re in and your carrier. This information is actually what’s needed to match up your picture with someone else’s contact database, presumably by searching for the phone number in their contact list and seeing if the first and last initials match.

My face worked flawlessly for me ; I tested it rather accidentally since I have myself in my contact list (don’t ask), so when I hit “Get Contact Pictures” after saving all my settings it assigned the pic I had just chosen as the contact picture for myself in my own phone. Confusing, I know, but it basically did it’s job. I tested it as well on another handset and it worked perfectly there too.

One negative mark against it was the setup. At the time I felt like I was entering a ridiculous amount of information, and then after sending that in I had to click a link in an SMS in order to validate the info. All for a contact picture? Looking back on it though it took all of twelve seconds and wasn’t that big a deal at all.

The other issues of course is that everyone you know must have this app installed in order for it to work.

My Face is a useful little app that does one job and does it well. It’s free and has iAd within the app. Right now you may not know anyone that has the app installed on their phone, but the only thing stopping your contact list from filling up with pictures is widespread adoption, so go ahead and give it a try!

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