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Dial A for Android: the best and most notable dialer apps for Google's OS

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Dial A for Android: the best and most notable dialer apps for Google's OS
Yes, Android smartphones are great, they run various apps and whatnot, but let's not forget that the word “phone” still has a prominent presence in it. Although we are texting or using a given app way more often that we use our smartphones to call, this doesn't mean that one should turns it back to the fundamental feature that initially kickstarted mobile phones as a whole.

Instead, the abundance of customization options in Android should be viewed as a blessing, as it allows fans of the platform to use a third-party dialer app. Frankly said, the plethora of users surely use their stock dialer app and never bother to look for a replacement on the Play Store, but this doesn't mean that the more tech-savvy ones should resort to sticking with the default dialing tool.

With this in mind, we decided to check out what are some of the more refined, polished, and feature-rich dialer apps for Android. Check them out below and feel free to comment and share your thoughts on the matter.

ExDialer - Dialer & Contacts

This is one of the more popular dialer apps that are available for Android devices. It flaunts a pretty impressive bag of features along with it, including a T9 algorithm for predicting contact entries, support for more than 30 different languages, smooth performance, swipe to call/text (similar to Samsung's TouchWiz), and most notably, support for different plugins and themes (you can even snatch a nifty Material Design theme). The latter would probably appeal to those, which like to customize their phones to great extents.

Download: ExDialer - Dialer & Contacts (Android)

Dialer +

Another fairly popular dialer app, Dialer + is another worthy replacement of your stock app. Similar to ExDialer, it comes with a number of features. T9 prediction, several themes, curious circular icons for your contacts, gesture-based search, widgets, and auto-assigning Facebook pictures to your contacts are just a few among the numerous traits it provides you with. In order to make full use of the Dialer +, you'll be prompted to also download Contacts + and Messages +. 

Download: Dialer + (Android)

Dialer One

If you, for some reason, miss having a sidebar in your stock dialer, the Dialer One is here to deliver. When you launch the app, it will greet you with a list of your recent calls, and if you want to access your contacts and messages, you'll need to open the sidebar by swiping right. Dialer One sports a minimalistic and clean interface, which is greatly customizable. Making phone calls and sending messages can be done by swiping right or left, respectively.

Download: Dialer One (Android)

PixelPhone PRO

One of the more beautiful and eye-grabbing dialer apps for Android is PixelPhone PRO. The Play Store description of the app boasts that it comes with an interface that will bend to all of your customization-centric whims. It also supports dual-SIM devices and allows you to assign various actions to different contact groups. On-board support for various themes and plugins is yet another neat characteristic of PixelPhone Pro. All in all, if you are into customization, this could easily become your default dialer of choice.

Download: PixelPhone PRO (Android)

Espier Dialer i7

If you dig the looks of the iPhone' dialer, then nothing can get you any closer to it than Espier Dialer i7, at least on your Android device. It successfully mimics the interface and the features of Apple's finest, but is not as feature-rich as some of the other apps that we mentioned. But then again, a number of users will most probably enjoy the app despite its feature-lacking nature. Still, Espier Dialer offers intelligent T9 search, which is pretty handy, isn't it?

Download: Espier Dialer i7 (Android)

KitKat Dialer

One of the biggest merits of KitKat Dialer is that it's unbelievably lightweight. You'll hardly encounter any issues while navigating through the app. Another notable thing is that the recent calls and the contacts are positioned in one and the same list, with the recent ones being on top and your contacts right below them. It is packed with a fair amount of additional features, which will only aid you in you dialing quests. 

Download: KitKat Dialer (Android)

Reactiv Phone Dialer

Frankly said, it's a pity that Google's own dialer is exclusive to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, as it's arguably the best app of this kind available for Android devices. Alas, you'll have to resort to a third-party dialer if you to have a Google dialer of some kind on your device. Reactiv Dialer is one of the apps that emulate the Google dialer to some extent. It comes with some simplistic, neat visuals and animations, and despite the relative lackluster of features, the app is worth mentioning.

Download: Reactiv Phone Dialer (Android)

Bonus: Old School Rotary Dialer

Okay, the once-dominant rotary dial phones are already being exhibited in museums, but their charisma is still alive and kicking. Thus, a number of Android apps exist that try to emulate the feel of these fascinating retro devices, because why not? They are not as useful on a daily basis as the other entries on this list, but then again, this is not the main idea behind them. Old School Rotary Dialer is one of the more popular such apps, and it comes with a full-blown rotary dial, comprising T9 predictive search. So, if you want to call your mom, for example, you should begin with the first digits of her number, then slowly swipe with your finger as you input more and more until the contact entry pops up and you press the Call button. Mildly compelling.

Download: Old School Rotary Dialer (Android)

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posted on 28 Aug 2014, 05:22

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2590; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

I liked Dialer +.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 06:13 1

2. master-mkk (Posts: 23; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)

ex diler is seriously amazing for tow reasons
1- it has ton of features
2-it is super fast and fluid even on old devices
3- the best collection of themes
4- the free version is more than enough so you dont need to upgrade

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:09

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

As much as I hate touchwiz, I've to give it the credit for its intuitiveness, the dialer especially is very user-freindly.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:10

4. saiki4116 (Posts: 349; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Dialpp is also very good Contextual aware Dialer..

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 14:42

5. oyalinkaya (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

CallApp's Caller ID has been the best for me so far.

It has neat integration with almost all social networks (facebook, twitter, linkedin, instagram, g+,...) and it is an caller identifier.
Let's say someone, who is not registered in your contact list, has registered his/her phone number in any social network. When that someone rings you, Caller ID gives you his/her name and latest photo on the social network. Saved me many times.

play.google. com/store/apps/details?id=com.callapp.contacts

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 16:35

6. kanagadeepan (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

exDialer Pro for me...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 17:52

7. shy2papa (Posts: 206; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)

Swipe dialer is missing PA

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