Android App Review: Keeping Touch

The Droid Lawyer probably isn’t the guy you want reviewing an app whose purpose is to keep in touch with family. Since I’m more likely to avoid any family contact, the last thing I want to do is encourage myself to speak with friends and relatives more often. But, Morice relentlessly requested a review of the Android app, Keeping Touch ($0.99).

Keeping Touch

The app promotes itself as . . . well, I’m not sure what. Apparently, the app encourages you to “keep in touch” with people based on how they call you. Honestly, I don’t get it. Watch this video, maybe it’ll pique your interest:

Yeah, it’s about that. Whatever that is. But…

Weren’t you thinking the whole time that this guy . . .

Keeping Touch

Looks a lot like this guy . . .

Wolverine

I didn’t see any adamantium claws though, so probably not.

Anyway, I couldn’t ever see the point to having this app, since I don’t want clients, unless they’re very important, contacting me on my cell. I guess if by chance I did call Mrs. The Droid Lawyer, or my mom, more often, I might be inclined to use this app. Heck, I don’t even call my own brother because he bleeds me dry (just kidding bro, you know I love you).

My first frustration with this app came on the initial load. In my opinion, which isn’t humble, a paid app shouldn’t have ads. This one does.

Keeping Touch Android App

While you can adjust that setting (settings > Display Ad), you shouldn’t have to.

Unfortunately, this app was too confusing to even get started using. Apparently, you set up “assistants” who help you remember (or something) to contact specific contacts.

I tried to set one up for every member of my family, but I got an alarm error, something went wrong.

Keeping Touch Alarm Error

While I’m okay with not contacting anyone until August 2013, my family might get a little upset.

Probably someone with a more active social life than I would enjoy this app, if they can figure it out. However, I find my missed call notification and voicemail an effective method for tracking who called me. As one of my office mates said, “if you need to remember to call someone, why not use a calendar?” Bingo. I’d give this app a 1.5 out of 5 stars.

2 Responses to Android App Review: Keeping Touch

  1. Hi Droid Lawyer,
    Just reading your reviews make me feel sad.
    I was there too i feel your pain.
    It’s like your managing your social death …
    You definitively should have a depression check
    Maybe you can PM me if you need a good coach

    As you probably figure out by now the date format is DD/MM/YYYY european style
    Yes i use this app and i’m not ashamed, mind you.

    “if you need to remember to call someone, why not use a calendar?”
    The point of this app for me is to make sure i call everyone
    not just someone one time but everyone within 6 months during the rest of my life.
    I only made the set up once with all my contacts within one group.
    I would only advise you to give it a real try, you might be surprise.

    Your socials skills seems a bit rusty it could be a good training.

    Cheers

    • Pascal, thanks for the comment. Perhaps my social skills are too rusty, and perhaps I am on a social death-slide. My hangup, and I’m sure what’ll be a lot of people’s, is that those people I want to connect with receive the contacts they need. I don’t need a reminder to tell me to call someone and whether I missed a call from someone.

      My solution for contact is a simple one: I add direct dial links to those people I really want to call, and add favorite contacts to others. Mrs. The Droid Lawyer, my parents, in-laws, and siblings all have a place on a home screen.

      Thanks for the clarification on the date. I’m going to suggest to the developer that he add another format to the conversion, in case an American wishes to use this.

      Je suppose que je suis trop paresseux.

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