Google's Contacts app is very slow to load when I want to quickly get a friend's phone number.

Is there a quicker/lighter contacts app?
I have found nothing fast enough in the Market.

My dream app:

  • Loads the list of ~2000 contacts in less than ~3 seconds.
  • No need for picture/details in the main list, just name.
  • Can import contacts list from vcard or similar.
  • Have you looked in the Market? Why isn't anything there viable?
    – ale
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 12:57
  • If you're just talking about one or two people, you could always just create a shortcut to their contact information on your home screen.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 4, 2011 at 12:58
  • @Al: Thanks for the shortcut tip! Unfortunately, I am contacting many different people, so shortcuts won't do in this case. Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 1:50
  • @Al: Yes I have looked in the Market, all of the apps I have tried are even slower than Google's, because they all show details, picture, etc in the main list, making it very slow to load. Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 1:55
  • You can turn off pictures in the contacts app settings. Also have you tried the search widget. You can use it to get a contact without having to open the app.
    – sickgemini
    Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 11:45

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I will recommend Dialer One. I am 99% sure it can show contacts without pictures. It has lots of customization options, t9 search in contacts in slew of different languages. I have 900+ contacts and is really fast, I hope it works that way for 2000 contacts. Be sure to fiddle with the options after giving it a try.

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    Dialer One is wonderful indeed. To make it even better, it seems to be Open Source. Developer website is code.google.com/p/dialerone but unfortunately that project gives error 403. Anyone knows where to find the source code? Commented Feb 15, 2012 at 2:36

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