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Meeting new people can be extremely awkward, especially if you're not particularly good at remembering names and contact info, or interact with a lot of fresh faces. Luckily, if you have a short memory and an iPhone, Evernote Hello is about to become your new best friend. Powered by the company’s cloud-based sync service, Hello makes it easy to remember who, what, when, where, how, and even why you met someone, tucking all of this information neatly away and organized in a slick timeline.
Like all Evernote apps, Hello is beautifully designed and executed. The app accesses a user’s existing, built-in contacts and address book, but optionally also pulls data from LinkedIn or Facebook, making it ideal for both business and personal use. With the latest version 2.0, Hello even offers two more modern ways to make a connection.
If you’re the type who collects business cards from everyone you meet, you’ll love the ability to scan and instantly convert them to Hello Contacts. Sadly, this is a Premium feature (currently free for a limited time), but it works brilliantly unless you’re scanning less traditional business cards with a darker background, which still required some manual data entry. The other method is Hello Connect, which allows two Hello users to pair their iPhones using audio tones to instantly exchange profiles. While this feature worked great in our tests, it’s sadly not yet available for Android devices, somewhat limiting its usefulness in the real world; that is, unless your colleagues all have the same great taste in mobile operating systems as you do.
While Evernote Hello is great at what it does overall, we can’t help but have the same feeling we did reviewing the company’s Food app: Syncing with Evernote feels a bit forced, rather than a natural extension of the main cloud service.
The bottom line. Evernote Hello is a lovely way to remember connections to those you meet, and the business card conversion alone is worth a Premium upgrade. While Evernote sync may not be a perfect fit, the app makes up for it with a slick way of making sure you’ll never forget new faces – as long as your iPhone is close at hand, anyway.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
Beautiful UI makes keeping track of contacts a breeze. Existing Evernote installation recognized at first launch for effortless setup. Social networking connections to LinkedIn or Facebook are optional.
Evernote sync feels a bit tacked on. No Hello Connect with Android features. Lacks native iPad support. Business card scanning past initial freebie period requires Premium account.