The new iPhone app from Evernote called Hello aims to help you remember the people you meet. One of the chief ideas that played a role in Evernote Hello’s development was the concept of providing an address book that encouraged social interaction. While this idea was undoubtedly inspired by the success of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, many potential customers might be wondering at how practical such an application might be.
The Evernote Hello app is different from most other address book applications in that it’s designed to be used by someone other than the iPhone’s owner. This bizarre concept involves the phone’s owner giving their iPhone to new contacts and asking them to enter their own contact information into the phone. After they’ve completed all this, the phone will take their picture and create a new entry in the phone owner’s address book.
One of the strong points of Evernote Hello is its gorgeous presentation. Information is arranged neatly on the screen, and it seems like every aspect of the program’s display had a lot of thought put into its design. Additionally, the program keeps track of user’s meetings with their contacts, which forms a sort of narrative for users to follow. For example, whenever the phone’s owner meets a new contact, that person will enter their email address into the phone. The program will then automatically send a followup email telling the contact that it was nice to make their acquaintance. Evernote Hello also keeps track of where each contact was met, which can be useful for remembering the names of people at busy events, such as conferences or large parties.
Ease of Use
This iPhone app displays all contact information in an easy-to-read format, and users should be able to quickly and easily find any of their contacts. Contacts can be listen by a variety of traditional criteria, such as by name or phone number, and can additionally be organized based on the date or location the user met them.
For most users, the main problem of the program will be other people’s unwillingness to use a total stranger’s phone. The way the program operates is incredibly unorthodox and will undoubtedly be very off-putting to many potential contacts. However, for as many people as the program might alienate, there are probably just as many that will find the unusual process to be a great ice-breaker for new acquaintances.
The value of Evernote Hello will greatly vary depending on an individual user’s social circle. While there’s no denying that the program functions very well as an address book, the social interaction component of the program is what really differentiates it from other, more capable contact list programs. For users with friends who aren’t afraid to try new things in the name of technology, this app is definitely worth downloading to your iPod touch or iPhone.
Here is a video demo of the Evernote Hello app on the iPhone
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