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We often find contact information in the body or signature of an email, but we neglect to add it to our contacts and are forced to search our emails for a phone number or address later on. Morse takes care of that problem by pulling contact information stored in your emails and adding them to your address book automatically.
It’s increasingly rare that you ever need a friend’s physical address anymore, but there are occasions where you need to send out a physical letter. If you don’t feel like emailing, calling or posting a Facebook update to track down addresses, Postable is a dead simple and secure address book where your friends can enter their own info.
iOS: Buzz Contacts replaces your iPhone’s contacts app with a contacts manager and dialler that’s easy to navigate, offers partial name and number search, lets you quickly SMS or call your contacts, organise your contacts by list and category, and looks good in the process.
Oddly enough, there aren’t too many contact management tools for Android that aren’t also dialler replacements, or focused entirely on replacing whatever built-in tool you have on your device already. We have to agree with our iOS counterparts on this one — Smartr by Xobni is the best address book for Android, if you’re looking for a contact manager that actually makes it easier to find and interact with the people you need to talk to.
There are piles of address book alternatives for the iPhone, but after digging through them all, we settled on Smartr Contacts as your best bet. It gives your contacts an upgrade by adding a historical overview of your interaction and adds social media updates to their pages. Overall, your address becomes much more useful.
Mac OS X has a great built-in address book and a number of useful third-party alternatives, but out of all the options Cobook is our favourite. It’s a very new app, currently still in beta, but its intelligent search and social media integration make it very easy to love.
Windows only: Whether you’ve suffered a hard drive crash, an Outlook error, or an over-eager “Delete” click, losing your entire Windows Address Book (WAB) can be painful. DiskInternals makes a free tool that can help you get it back.