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iPhone Application Review: Dub — No More Business Cards

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Sick and tired of a fat wallet due to all the business cards that you need to carry? Want to stop wasting trees and harming the environment? Just want to make yourself look cool and use sweet new technology? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, or simply want a much easier way to exchange business information, then I have the perfect iPhone application for you.

Dub is a new application that is, essentially, a business card on your phone. You can swap phone numbers with clients, give your e-mail address to new buyers, and even update your information on the fly, with the new changes automatically being sent to your contacts. Dub is available on most smart phones (Blackberry, iPhone, Android, etc.) and can also be used by most texting phones. You can use it to sync data to your contact list, send group invites, and it is even integrated with Facebook and Linkedin. Dub updates the business cards to the new millennium.

Dub is actually quite simple to learn and use. When you download the application, you are able to immediately start to edit your contact information. Enter your name, phone number, e-mail, addresses, IM program name, etc. and you are done. Everything has a simple box to fill in and is extremely easy to do. You don’t even need to fill everything in; just enter the information that you want others to see. Once you get all of this done, you can send invites (give your card to somebody) by entering an e-mail address. Others can do the same (give you their card) by entering yours.

I really like how easy the application is to use. With everything in nice, neat boxes, I quickly was able to enter my information and jump to the next spot. This is essential in any application that needs this much data, as otherwise it would be tedious and pointless. Along with this, the overall layout and feel of the application helped me use it. By being formatted for the iPhone, Dub felt smooth and well polished. I was able to use the easy navigation buttons, and the scroll lists were a huge plus. By making it feel natural, it only makes it easier to use; this, in turn, then leads to more people using it.

Another thing that I like about Dub is the fact that it is integrated with almost everything. I can have things automatically update to my Twitter, sync with my Outlook, and work within Linkedin. Heck, it even is integrated with Facebook. Even nicer, Dub allows me to automatically update all of my contact information from Gmail, Outlook, iMail, and more. Features like this help the transition users to the new technology, as Dub does everything automatically and quickly. Hopefully this will help to expand the use of Dub, as that will help it even more.

On the other hand, there are a few problems with Dub. For starters, there are not many people using the software. While I believe that it will grow in the future, any and all startups start quite slowly, and gradually build their base. Dub is no different, but that actually harms the application. While I can get and send contact info — which is changeable — to fellow Dub users, most people I get in contact with will not have the application. How am I supposed to get rid of business cards if most of my clients still use them, and have yet to update. While this is not their fault, until more people jump on the Dub bandwagon, it will be hard to replace business cards with new technology.

About Robert M. Barga

  • http://www.dubmenow.com Chris Hopkinson

    Thanks for the great review and checking out DUB. We’re excited to see so many people using. We’re also in the process of some updates that will hopefully solve some of your concerns.
    1. Text of your contact info and a vCard will go out with every invite
    2. Multi-profiles
    3. Additional contact fields (for twitter, blog, etc.)
    4. Ability to send LinkedIn invite
    These new features will be out at the end of April.
    You can get my contact info by sending an invite to Chris (my ID).
    Cheers!
    Chris Hopkinson
    DubMeNow

  • http://whalertly.blogspot.com Robert M. Barga

    Hey Chris, thanks for the quick comments

    I really think that multi-profiles are essential for this application, as they make sure i can cover all of my different info (and I have a ton)

    that said, do you know the rough number of users at this point?

  • http://businesscardchronicles.blogspot.com/ Desiree

    The capabilities of Dub are great. I believe that as we further advance with our use and dependence on technology, that the cell phone will become the new business card.

    I believe that outside the issues that were already stated, I think that there are more potential problems with the electronic business card. To me, a business card it a book cover for the great story that leads to the individual giving the card. You know the person is serious about their business and purpose by the weight of the paper, the quality of the design, the richness of the color and the uniqueness of the presentation. You can’t get that from cellphone information transfer.

    Phones break, emails get hacked, files become corrupt, but business cards are less likely to be damaged (minus water and fire damage.) I think that believing that business cards will become obsolete is the same as thinking traditional mail will become obsolete.

    Desiree Ford