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Here are a few apps that will enhance your phone experience.
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Telephones have come a long way from the time Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first patent for it back in 1876. We now have smartphones that can do way more than just making and receiving calls.

While there are still many who use their smartphones as a means to make and receive phone calls, there are also many who use their devices primarily for other functions aside from the telephone features, including yours truly.

The following are a few apps that I feel are good points of convergence between technology and the traditional telephone device.

Automatic Call Recorder

I once had an unpleasant experience with a telemarketer who called me up to promote some financial product. Long story short, I was charged for something that I did not agree to. While everything has since been settled amicably, I was unhappy with the way things transpired and I wished I had a recording of that telephone conversation so that the whole ordeal could have been dealt with a lot faster.

Ever since then, I was determined to record down such conversations to safeguard myself from any more of such unethical practices. I did a search on the Play Store and opted to give the Automatic Call Recorder by App.liqato (Appstar Solutions) a try as it seemed to be rated highly among the top results for call recording apps.

To my delight, the app works like a charm. It does exactly as advertised, which is to record both incoming and outgoing calls. The app can be set to automatically record all calls, which can then be played back easily.

Don't expect the recordings to be very loud, as it is actually recording from the phone's mic. Despite lacking in volume at times, the conversations that I've recorded have been audible.

The app can be manually synchronised with Dropbox. By doing so, the recorded phone calls will be backed up into your Dropbox cloud account. Auto saving to the cloud is also possible, but is only available in the pro version, which costs US$7.41 (S$9.46).

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