Back in July of 2009, we came across an emerging start up with a terrific contacts and communications management solution we thought might rival Xobni’s product. Sensobi’s app was just a beta at the time, but we were so impressed with the app’s improvements over the standard BlackBerry contacts app that we wanted our readers to have a taste as well. We gave away some beta invites and it turned out we were right — readers were just as impressed with Sensobi as we were. Less than two years later, Sensobi’s founders reached out to let us know the company has been acquired by GroupMe. We congratulated them, of course, and they couldn’t say enough about all of the amazing feedback BGR readers had provided to them over the years. As a thank you, Sensobi insisted that we giveaway 500 free copies of Sensobi Contacts Pro before the new version is released to the general public. The app is well worth the $9.99 retail price in BlackBerry App World, we think, but nothing beats free. So, BlackBerry users, click the read link below from your BlackBerry smartphone to install Sensobi Contacts Pro — the first 500 clicks will score a free copy! If you miss it, check out the free and paid versions of Sensobi Contacts in BlackBerry App World. More →
Following the fantastic response to our earlier coverage and first round of beta invitations, we’ve been keeping up with the great folks over at Sensobi and watching their app progress. To recap quickly, Sensobi is a contacts and comms management app that looks to rethink the way you approach communicate with your BlackBerry. It provides history, rankings and a host of additional functionality in an effort to break users free of the typical stale contacts support found in most mobile phones. Preliminary response to its offering has been terrific and the Sensobi team has been hard at work updating the app ever since. As such, we’re happy to report version 1.4.418 is now available. Changes include the ability to sort contacts by last communication, greatly reduced memory consumption (anemic BlackBerrys around the world just breathed a sigh of relief) and a host of additional changes and bug fixes. If you’re already in the closed beta it’s time to update your current version and let us know what you think. If you came to the party too late to get in last time, BGR has you covered. How about another 500 invites exclusively for BGR readers? Just hit the read link to get started and remember, invites are first come, first served so get in on the action first and thank us later.
Clarification: No need to post in the comment section asking for invites, folks. Just click the read link, enter your info and away you go.
While the address book is hardly one of the BlackBerry OS’ weakest links, it’s also pretty ordinary as far as we’re concerned. On a device that lends itself to communications more so than any other there’s plenty more that RIM could be doing in the space. As such, it’s understandable that many are excited for Xobni’s forthcoming BlackBerry offering, which we briefly checked out a couple of months ago. Xobni knocked it out of the park with its Outlook offering and while we have high hopes for it’s BlackBerry app as well, it looks like another company has swooped in with a beta app that aims to tackle the same problem.
Sensobi, currently in private beta, labels its offering “a better address book for your BlackBerry.” That tag line is relatively mild but the company’s potential affect on the way you communicate most definitely is not. The app takes a completely different approach to contacts compared to the BlackBerry address book by providing easy access to communication history. By selecting a contact, you can quickly see a call and email log encompassing all recent conversations. In other words, you can prep for a call in a fraction of the time it took before. Using a ranking system, Sensobi will also let you know when there’s a contact you should get in touch with. Then there’s one of our favorite features, which brings your active contacts — contacts with whom you’ve communicated in the last 30 days — to the top of the list and provides a preview of your most recent exchange (see the top right image above).
Seeing is believing however, and “private beta” means nothing to BGR readers… At least the ones who act fast. The Sensobi team has set up a special invite link for you guys and it’s good for 200 downloads. So what are you waiting for? Hit the read link to get in on the action and let us know what you think.