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Android dialers, ranked

Wait, Jerry. What are you doing? Nobody calls anyone on the phone in these modern times. Get with it!

Easy fam. A lot of us still make calls — try getting hold of a bondsman at 2 a.m. without a phone. And anyway, the people making Android phones include all this stuff, so the least we can do is look at it. Right? Be quiet, you know I'm right. Let me do this without you cracking wise for once.

Anyhoo ... back to dialers. They are more than just a way to enter some digits on a modern smartphone. Sure, you can call up Domino's so you don't have to shut the PlayStation off and make some food, but your people — the ones in your contacts because one day you might want to talk to them — are usually just a tap away because of the way Android dialers tie into your contacts. There are also some settings to make things more (or less) useful, and everyone wants a call log so they can keep track of who they called and who called them. Be quiet, yes you do.

Now that I've convinced you all that the dialer is one of the most important parts of your Android, let's have a look at how the big five do it.

Android dialers, ranked

HTC

HTC Dialer

I haven't used an HTC phone full-time since the HTC One M7, but I've had the A9 in my hands enough to know that it does the dialer the best.

The looks fit in perfectly with the rest of HTC Sense, which means a mix of Material Design and HTC's own take on the flat UI. You've got proper Material tabs across the top to choose from manually entering a number or picking from a list of your contacts, groups and favorites. HTC's smart dialer also let's you punch in the first few digits of a number or the first few letters of a name and pick from a list it finds from your contacts app. It all works even if you choose to use a different contacts application.

The settings let you fine tune much of what you see and how you use it all, and in the end it looks fabulous and works perfectly. This is all we can ask from a dialer, and HTC has it nailed.

Samsung

Samsung dialer

Samsung's dialer (as seen in its latest phones like the Note 5) is also pretty good. When you customize every part of the OS, you can do a little more in the basic apps, like the phone dialer.

The "main" screen while on a call is easy to use, and all the features — like switching to a Bluetooth headset or initiating a conference call — are right up front where you would need them to be. Samsung also does fixed numbers (speed dialing) really well, and some of us still use this feature in lieu of smart dialing.

That's a good thing because its smart dialing isn't always very smart. Every once in awhile it just won't find a contact even after entering the complete number. The call connects, but you just don't get a choice of people to pick from like you should. I'm sure there is a logical reason, I just can't figure it out. Maybe I'll call someone and ask them.

Anyhoo, the Samsung dialer is almost number one. You'll probably not have too many difficulties using it, and there's no reason not to use it. Go forth and dial things.

Android's dialer

Nexus 6P dialer

I have nothing to complain about when using the "stock" Android dialer on Marshmallow.

I also have nothing exceptional to talk about when using the stock Android dialer on Marshmallow.

You can enter numbers. You can enter part of a number or a few letters of someone's name and a smart dial window pops up. Everything works as it should, and (of course) it has a Material look and ties in well with the rest of the software.

It's functionally perfect, but there's nothing to make it stand out. Number three for you, Android dialer.

Motorola

Motorola dialer

Take the stock Android dialer, do nothing to it, slap it into a Motorola phone and you get to be number four on our list.

Nothing wrong here, the dialer is functional and looks fine. I flipped a coin to decide whether "stock" or Moto got the number three spot. Moto lost. Just like Moto E users did ...

LG

LG dialer

Someone had to be last. I'll be honest, ranking dialer apps isn't easy. That's because they all work, all have the same basic functions and none of us use them very often.

LG's dialer on the V10 works just fine. Smart dialing works just fine. You can see all the functions you need to see on the in-call screen just fine. There's even a nifty little button to switch to your messaging app once you pick a contact if you change your mind, which is — you guessed it — just fine.

It's just kinda ugly. LG's goofy round tabs fit with the rest of the interface, but that doesn't excuse the fact that they are ugly. I almost want to see more gaudy orangish brownish blue colors in the dialer, and have the thing be outlandish like the rest of LG's UI. But instead, I'm left with a sparse minimalistic look with ugly round tabs.

Yes, I'm being petty. Someone has to be.

Bonus round: Hangouts Dialer

Hangouts dialer

Not really a bonus, because the Hangouts dialer sucks.

Phil is in my address book like 12 times. I also have two different conversations going on with him in Hangouts. The Hangouts dialer says he does not exist. It's the same no matter who I try to find from my contacts. There's no way I can remember all the phone numbers of all the people I would ever want to call, so this is useless. Fix it Google. Stop messing with Google+ and fix this instead. Please?

Your favorite dialer?

Here is where you get to tell me I'm wrong and should shut up and never write another word on the Internet again. But relax, we're mostly having fun here. Any of these dialers will connect you to the person you want to call, have the same basic features and work just dandy.

Now tell me the phone you're using now has the best dialer ever in the comments. Or just say Samsung like everyone else will.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

154 Comments
  • Jerry first off every self respecting jail has a bail bondsman at their beck and call. A friend told me... I wouldn't know myself. Next, does Phil know your calling his wife and if not delete this comment and throw another picture up there STAT. Just kidding of course, have a good weekend! __________________________________________________________________________________-_________________________-____________________
  • Paybacks-a-bitch eh Phil? Lol! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can you search for businesses in the other dialers? If not, Nexus dialer is the best. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can you make video calls from that dialer? If not then Samsung's is the best since it can. ;) one more reason not to downgrade to a nexus.... lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Amen...... I keep telling my girlfriend that the extra 10 lbs on my azz is a feature and will not slow me down. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How's Marshmallow treating you? Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • About as good as you being able to use Android pay at businesses that only have mst readers... Samsung 2015 models will eventually get marshmallow but you'll never get the ability to pay at mst readers which the majority of busoness use with your device. But hey stock android is best thing Eva lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You really think Google is not capable of adding that into stock Android? Also you forget Google and Samsung have a 10 year cross licensing agreement... Posted via the Android Central App
  • No they can't add it to stock android. It's hardware.
  • His current device does not have the hardware to do it. Only 2015 Samsung models have the hardware to do it. ;) that's why I don't understand these people that like these plain Jane nexus phones. They have no frills. No extra features that make the phone interesting. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I prefer my "plain Jane" Nexus 5X to the S5 it replaced. It had no "frills" that the 5X doesn't have that I actually used (heart rate monitor, pedometer, multi window, etc.). There's a big difference between useful features and largely unused gimmicks. My Nexus does everything I need a phone to do. And I don't understand the ranting and raving over things like Android and Samsung Pay. How is having to pull your phone out of your front pocket any more convenient than pulling your wallet out of your back?
  • I did use the old Google Wallet pay service all the time, but until these two pay services accept small banks and credit unions I have no use anyways. I still prefer using cash, it is accepted everywhere. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Amen and just say no to big brother tracking everywhere you go and everything you buy! Cash is king... although they'd like you to use your digital pay everywhere to build a great portfolio on everything you do and everywhere you go! No pay service from Samsung could ever get me to put up with touchwiz again no thanks!
  • Usually the phone is already in my hand. The wallet is not. It's not just convenience, it's about security (tokenization and all that jazz). Plus it's a great second way to pay. I forgot my wallet once, but had my phone and was still able to purchase things without my wallet on me. It also beats carrying 5 credit cards in my wallet. Ever watch that Seinfeld episode with George's over-filled wallet? I now carry all credit cards on my phone and carry 1 physical card as backup. Once they add loyalty cards into Samsung Pay, that'll be even less cards to carry in my wallet. And what may be a gimmick to you is a useful feature to others, like multi-window, the pedometer, and heart rate monitor which I do use. I have both Nexus and near stock phones and I still prefer and use my Note 5 as my daily driver.
  • That's where Apple wins. FaceTime ftw Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can do video calls using the Samsung (Touchwiz) dialer.
  • Can you Facetime with Android or Windows Phone users? Didn't think so.....
  • Same here Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can on my Note 4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "ok google.... call "insert business name here" Why type anything into a dialer when you have the google app??? Google Now FTW
  • I like your avatar...lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Biggest thing I use it for is to categorize spam numbers as such and set them to go straight to voicemail. Oddly they still ring through once in a while. Posted from the ghost of my HTC Aria via Android Central App
  • Nexus dialer with Google caller ID is impossible to beat.
  • cyanogen with true caller isn't bad either. just needs some design tweaks.
  • My favorite one is HTC dialer, I have used a lot of phones and I have found HTC dialer to be best, it's is really a dialer everytime you click dialer icon it open dialer not contacts list or recent, second it looks great with sense 7, third searching is way way easy. Also HTC works great with USSD code where I've to type and on all other phones I've to click on input box to show up keyboard then type but on HTC it comes up itself. Worst dialer I've used is of iPhone. Note 5 dialer I like better when swipe gesture is turned off. nexus 6p dialer is also good actually after HTC dialer my favorite is stock Android dialer
  • My thoughts exactly
  • And guess what you can use the HTC dialer on a nexus if you want... there's new ROM in xda devoted to all of the HTC pieces for the nexus 6P and Nexus 5x!!!
  • I doubt that, but dialer alone is not enough, need full package. after dialing control goes to stock dialer which have hang up or hold etc buttons... one more thing great about HTC dialer is when you dial a number you don't have to stare phone if contact pick up phone. your phone vibrates when someone pick call and that is really handy too.. which I have not seen in other dialers. also if you have any link for HTC dialer for Nexus 6p do share, I've nexus 6p so would love to have that...
  • I promise I'm not trying to be "that guy", but what's the point of this article? AFAIK, you can't change dialers, and dialers are an important purchasing decision of No One Ever, so comparing dialers is about as relevant as comparing battery colors. It was interesting to 'see how the other half lives' though, so I may have just answered my own question. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You can use alternative dialers just like launchers __________________________________________________________________________________-_________________________-____________________
  • Yes you can and this article would have be much better if instead of comparing OEM stock dialers it was about 3rd party dialers that anyone can download from Play. This article is crap and pointless. Jerry, a tip, rewrite this article but instead compare the following: Truedialer, Simpler Dialer, Dialer + ExDialer and ZERO dialer. These are just the first few hits on Play. Now instead of having to BUY A DIFFERENT PHONE we can all take advantage of a different dialer.
  • Agreed Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed, please compare 3rd party dialers.
  • I guess you missed it. It is best dialers not best third party dialers __________________________________________________________________________________-_________________________-____________________
  • I was expecting to find an article about 3rd party dialers when I came to this article. No one is going to switch phones because of a stock dialer, so this article is just fill material for the website. I hate LG's dialer and have tried several 3rd party. Simple Dialer is a good example, but everyone I try takes too long to load. I it is like the phone has to think about it everytime and I see flashes of the stock dialer while the others load. Then when you try to block someone or see certain other features, stock pops up, so it is like a bad mix of stock and 3rd party. I just ended going back to stock.
  • Agreed, With all due respect, no idea what the point of this article was considering no one buys a phone based on the dialer. I was hoping for a comparison of 3rd party dialers which you can actually select.
  • Piece of cake to change anything when your bootloader isn't locked as well... just say NO to locked bootloaders and locked up phones!
  • I agree, most of these dialers are phone brand specific, I don't choose a phone based upon its dialer. I've use exDialer on all my phones in the past and currently. Smart, themes, and highly customizable. Nexus 6P
  • Yes exDialer is fantastic. This is what I use as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Via the Moto X Classic
  • It might influence me if I am buying a new phone in the near future, so I bet it's useful to some!
  • What are you talking about? You don't factor in the dialer (which was horrible on the Note 4 imo)? It made the whole phone for me less exciting..and I liked my Note 4. Dialers can make a difference.
    But yeah I would like a ranking of third party dialers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is there any way to download the default Android Dialer? ASUS ZenFone 2 (4GB RAM)
  • @artlu629 This I want to know too.
  • Google it. You can probably flash a custom ROM with the stock dialer...just a guess. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree that HTC has a great dialer, but the one part that drove me nuts about theirs was that if you were in the call log and tapped on a name, it would instantly call them instead of bringing up the contact profile to send either call or send a text. I know you can do that with a long press, but there were numerous times I'd be trying to scroll through the list and would accidentally call someone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ugh stock android dialer also does this and it gets me every single time. I want to view the contact, damn't, not immediately call their default #.
  • Um stock Android dialer does let you view/edit contact without calling back.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, I didn't say it doesn't.
    I'm saying there's a screen where it feels natural to tap the call log to open it up, but it doesn't open it up, it immediately calls the contact instead. It does this in the contact list too.
    The design is intended for the user to tap the small circle avatar of the contact instead. However, just naturally for me, I forget this and tap anywhere else in the contact/in the call log to try to open up either the contact's info or the call log info. Posted via Android Central App
  • Try pressing the contact picture. That worked on my M7. Thought it has been sometime since I switched phones so it my not work or I might not remember correctly. HTC has some niffty features that are hidden in plain sight which are obvious when you figure them out. Problem is that they are hidden and you have to accidentally find them.
  • Correct and i have found it annoying on Samsung dialer app that it don't dials BTW recents makes sense we call them at least to me also what else great about Htc dialer is when you quick search from dialer and click contact it dials instead showing up full number. Which again annoying on Samsung dialer probably on LG dialer is same but I've forgot my experience with LG
  • Haha...then you hang up super fast once you realize you just called them on accident, but about 20 seconds later they call you back! Ugh! So you reject the call and just text them back..."sorry, called on accident". Lol
  • Prefer the Moto/Nexus dialer myself, haven't used a recent Samsung or LG phone so don't know about theirs, hate the HTC dialer but I hate Sense period so that's probably why Posted via my Moto G 3rd Gen 2015 with only 1GB of RAM
  • The stock Android dialer is definitely the slickest available IMO. I love the animations
  • Oh shoot jerry said fam Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • That's a UK gangsta thing innit Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's a UK gangsta thing innit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Having to set a default action on every one of my favorites so that I actually call them when i tap them in the dialer instead of opening their contact info has irked me on the HTC dialer. I miss my stock dialer on the A9...
  • That's the price of extra options, lol.
  • Nexus dialer!
  • Hangouts is the absolute worst application ever invented, nonetheless the absolute bottom of the barrel dialer app. Google can't even implement a call/text block in their app. Have to jump on the computer and log into Google Voice just to block an unwanted caller. It's soon to be 2016. Every dialer and/or SMS app that's worth a crap has a block feature. GARBAGE!!!
  • Totally agree! And it seems so simple for them to make it a good experience. Just make the the merged Hangouts more like Messenger, where you can make a call from the conversation (if using sms, it makes a cellular call) and reply from notifications. Make the dialer just like Google dialer where you can search and open contacts without immediately calling them. And get rid of that horrible green. Imo, that could beat a lot of dialers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously! I don't know how Google made such a horrible app! So many things about Hangouts is unintuitve and unnatural and it's just an annoying app to use. Especially the dialer. My parents numbers are in my phone as "work" and "mobile" yet Hangouts is the ONLY text and dialer app where I type in "Mom" or "Dad" and it either doesn't bring them up at all or it sometimes only shows the area code but mostly shows only their "Work" number when I have Mobile selected as default. So irritating! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Best dialer? Either old OLD Moto dialer, or the exDialer. Some of us use the dialer a LOT. Having to go looking for the keypad every time is no fun. The exDialer and old Moto dialer don't make you do that. Plus you get a dark theme which you just don't with the Google dialer. The Google dialer sucks and I hate it, But I'd merely despise it if it had a dark theme,
  • I loved the HTC dialer when I had an EVO. I still don't like the Samsung. Wish there was a way to put the HTC on my Galaxy. I'd be a happy dialer!
  • The Note 4 dialer sucked. I hated those big stupid looking cartoon faces instead in dialer and Messaging (in the conversation, not the message list) that you CAN'T remove or change to a picture of the contact. Ugh... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sony's Dialer Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have only been on Android for a few months. Moto x Pure. I have 2 issues with the Moto/Google dialer.
    1. I am not getting notifications of emails and texts while on the phone with someone. The notifications are just waiting for me in the notification drawer when I'm finished with the call. There is no audible alert. My settings are correct as I have spent quite a long time on the phone with moto support. Other dialers have this option in the dialers settings. 2. The contacts portion of the dialer shows multiples of my contacts, even though the standalone contacts app is specifically set to show 1 set of contacts and hide the rest. The dialer even shows contacts that do not have a phone number attached to the contact.
  • You first complaint couldn't be more valid.
  • Agreed ! via AC App on
    VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • I would think that emails and texts could wait until you're off the phone, but I guess I'm not that busy!
  • CyanogenMod dialer is great. Looks beautiful like stock, but has all the cool features of HTC's like flip over to silence, and other things like lift to call. So it's the best imo. Although I don't use those features too much, because I don't call many people except when necessary or calling parents. But flip to silence is amazing. Will be sad when I switch to GPE for marshmallow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol, thanks for that bonus round ending sir. Good laugh :-)
  • Whicheve dialer I'm using at the time is the best dialer. Right now I'm using the S6 Samsung dialer and I love it. Eventually when I'm using the 5x or 6p dialer I'll love it just like I loved the one on my Nexus 6. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use Universal Dialer.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I personally like Facebook's Hello app. It identifies callers, and let's me call people over VOIP if I want.
  • I don't like my Motorola / Google dialler where you have to bring up the dial pad with that silly icon first. Why?
    And it made me look ridiculous over a whole day not knowing how to answer a call by SLIDING the Green button all the way to the RIGHT to meet up with another icon before you can say hello. Why?
    On my previous Samsungs and new ones you can answer with the Home button.
    ------- 2nd point: (I'm not done - you're not going anywhere!) An aside, but I really fell in love with an / a HTC A9 today because it has superb solid black text on any white menu screen, including the dialler.
    I checked the settings and it was just on normal font and amoled something rather than the srgb display setting. I would buy this device for this appeal alone. I'm not going blind but it's a pain reading narrow text on a bright background. HTC seem the only one to do it right (background not too bright). Good article, Jerry. Like your humour. Now carry on... :)
  • Same here via AC App on
    VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • I prefer the stock Marshmallow dialer on my Nexus phone. The Motorola one is good, but it actually lacks the search function that Google's dialer has on the Nexus. As far as phone calls go. I use the phone to call people all the time. My boyfriend and I talk on the phone, I call restaurants to make reservations, I use the phone for work, and I'm sure I could come up with several other things too. Maybe I am alone in this, but I still talk on the phone quite a bit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stock Nexus dialer has a fatal flaw... the 0 is too damn close to the disconnect button. Not that I've ever been thumb-jamming my way through some corporate phone menu tree and hung up. That sure does suck. I do most of my dialing from contact widgets on my home screen so I don't get much muscle memory.
  • Why does Android central forget Xperia and Xperia Z5 in things like this? Same thing with fingerprint sensors
  • Neither. It has to be Samsung's default as there's no running away from it! Posted.
  • That would be so cool if it made the same sounds as an old rotary phone...
  • On the Samsung Galaxy s6 variants and note 5 on tmobile the dialer has a video call button which is pretty convenient to call other phones with this feature. Use it every day with the girlfriend multiple times to make video calls with her. It's an awesome feature. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's great to have it on the dialer when you want to make a video call. It's the easiest and most consistent way to make video calls ever. Why every smart phone doesn't have this feature on the dialer is beyond me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish I could try and defend Hangouts Dialer's interface, but it's hot garbage. I really wish Google would open it up and allow other apps to 'connect' to Hangouts or at least let other developers/artists/etc. create better interfaces for it that could be installed/bought through the App Store. Heck, I just wish that they'd allow other SMS apps to interface with Hangouts/Google Voice to give us some options for better looks and function.
  • TrueDialer is by far and away the best. Everyone should give it a go. When you dial a number (or when you receive a call if you have it's companion ago TrueCaller) the app checks it's database of entries and if it matches one, it displays the name of the number and it also allows you to block known spam callers straight away. Such a useful app
  • I so agree, TrueDialer is better than any stock dialer, and the price is great (free). Combine it with TrueCaller and you have an unbeatable option.
  • Totally agree.
  • Yep, TrueDialer/TrueCaller all the way.
  • I rarely use hangouts dialer ( since I rarely make calls period) but I just tried it to see what Jerry was on about. I typed in one letter ( in this case D) and all of the contacts names and numbers popped right on up to choose from as one would expect. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I do wish you could download those dialers on the play store that would be slick Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do any 3rd party dialers go to landscape when the phone is sideways? That's one of my pet peeves with dialers now. When I'm driving and the car is in the dock everything is sideways. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Whatever crap ( not that is crap just figure of speech) is stock on cm OS does. Believe it's true caller Posted via the Android Central App
  • The HTC dialer goes landscape as well.
  • Samsong
  • Nexus dialer is by far the best!! I've used all of these in the past year! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Try Drupe Contacts and Dialer. It one swipe to open the app and another to text, email or call someone. Amazingly simple to use. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like the stock on my Nexus 6P, but I miss being able to block numbers from the dialer like Samsung allowed :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stock Android dialer has become very iPhone look alike I hate those little icons to dial and most definitely to hang up. I don't need nothing fancy looking when all I wanna do is make a call. So I'm going with Samsung dialer, big numbers big icons, and simple to use. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use truedialer
  • TrueDialer seemed to address several bugs in my OnePlus One prior to TD integration.. I am not having any issues on my Nexus 6P, However, I would consider using TD as a daily driver for the benefits.
  • Bought the paid version of Ready Dialer ages ago. They've kept up with Material and it's very slick. Regular updates.
  • Function wise Samsung's dialer is my favorite but look wise that green makes me cringe.
  • Anything is better than the Motorola Dialer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I never knew other dialers were a thing. I've always used the stock dialer. Posted from the BlackBerry Priv via the Android Central app
  • has anyone used True Phone? it"s fairly new in the play store and getting good reviews so far but i've always been skeptical of apps from China or Russia Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's the best in my opinion and have been using it on my Honor 7 all along. Plenty of customization options. Coming from a WebOS world, was wondering why all dialers have such complex and unintuitive interfaces. However could customize True Phone to make it WebOS like. Well nearly.
  • Also just found True Phone and it's great. Looks good, excellent features, and doesn't need to upload your contacts to a service to provide Caller ID services. (Opinion here on how much you value that function over a bit of privacy) A great dialer/contact manager.
  • has anyone used True Phone?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I liked alot of older OS dialers more honestly but as far as material I like stock. Posted via the Android Central App
  • All of those are ugly, because of the white background.
    I like the Cobalt and other black themed dialers.
    Easier on the eyes and battery.
  • The fact that you said "Easy fam" just warms a place deep down in my heart. It must be the native NYer (city) in me! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Calling the boss' wife eh Jerry? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Moto E users... Classic. And sad. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would like to see some sort of dialer overlay for the Nexus phone app. You know, that phone app that has all your recent and missed calls with pictures. Just overlay the dialer at about 75% translucency and I'd be good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Was thinking just yesterday that wouldn't it be great if we could download the stock Android dialer? I dislike the one that comes with TouchWiz.
    Stock is simpler and I love the Material design.
    And yes, this article still has it's merits. If not for the comments, I wouldn't have known there were that many alternative dialers in Google Play. Nice one, Jerry... Posted via the Android Central App
  • No joking, this article is great because almost no one ever shows the phone dialers in the reviews. Much Appreciated! PD: Could also add images for the in-call interface.
  • You didn't mention nexus dialers. Caller ID, and phone number search, material design. Squashes all the rest.
  • That's stock dialer Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like Samsung's dialer, however I would like the option to swipe left to go to the contacts from the original dialer screen.. That's just me being picky though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was kind of hoping this would be a "dialer app" ranking and not a phone dialer review. I know my LG 4 stock dialer sucks ass! Why I downloaded simple dialer from the App store. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Me too.. a little misleading on the subject title
  • Exactly. I replaced the Dumb contacts app with Google's. I had all these bs contacts in my phone. Businesses n crap that I called. None of which I wanted to keep. How stupid. But that dialer is the worst. I was hoping for a good replacement suggestion.
  • Having not used the HTC or the LG dialers, I can't really speak too well to them. And if the Moto dialer is basically the stock Android dialer, then that basically leaves me to only compare and contrast Google vs Samsung. I had my Galaxy Note 3 for over a year (and had Lollipop on it for just under half that time.) By contrast, I had my Nexus 6 for a week....one.....to the day. Why trade it so soon? See my postscript. Anyway, so that means my experience with the stock dialer was a lot more limited. So, based on the real experience imbalance, you may also want to take my input with a grain of salt here too...but I definitely preferred the standard Nexus dialer. First, the trivial: I VASTLY preferred the blue and white theme to the pale-ish green and bright yellow of Touchwiz. There were also more animations on the Nexy - and I like eye candy! But I also didn't really notice any features on the Galaxy that I missed on the Nexus, and I just liked the 6's interface better. So, putting aside the fact for just a second that there is no such thing as "right or wrong" when you're being subjective (and we're both being very subjective here), Jerry, you're WRONG! ;-) p.s. FWIW, I traded the Nexy for an iPhone6+. Don't freak now, I did it because I wanted both an Android AND an Apple, could have one now on monthlies and the other out of pocket at tax time, and I cared (and still do) a WHOLE LOT MORE for the Nexy 6p than for the new iPhone6s+, and took the gamble (seemingly winning said gamble) that the 6p would best the older Moto-made 6 (and had the "steep discount safety net" for getting back on 6 if 6p sucked). So it was ultimately a matter of Android-favoring, long-term strategy! Kinda like punting the ball deep rather than going for it on 4th. Still, whatever else we can say, it DOES mean I've only had one week of experience with the stock dialer because of it, and that's more relevant here. Cheers! :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have no idea what a stock nexus/android dialer looks like lol...never used it.. I've been using a dialer widget, no need to tap and wait milliseconds for the stock app to open, instead a simple quick swipe to access phone, contacts, call history.. it's a lot faster and customisable size, so easy one handed use on Nexus 6. Posted via the Android Central App
  • HTC dialer works perfect does everything i need it to do but does not have the extra functions of samsungs dialer like bluetooth,notes etc and lg really needs to sort out there dialler app all my contacts dont fit or merge and the messaging button is good but add more functionality like easy access to quickmemo which is what all diallers need as well as quick access to whatsapp,messaging, maybe other apps like fb messenger viber etc
  • Whatever keyboard you're using is terrible. It doesn't have any punctuation keys. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One plus Posted via the Android Central App
  • Att just dropped a new dialer for the S6 Active that has a video chat built in. It is exclusive to Att and only on the Active S6 and the Note 5. https://m.att.com/shopmobile/wireless/features/video-calling.html?referrer= Posted via the Android Central App
  • My biggest complaint with HTC's dialer on the M8? If I answer a call on call waiting and go back to the first call they're on mute. Where's the unmute button? Buried in a menu. Why is the button not displayed prominently on the main phone screen? Since I drive for a living and use the phone alot, this is not only inconvenient but dangerously distracting. I expect more from modern designs. Posted via Android Central App on my HTC One M8
  • I have an LG G4 and I hate the dialer. Can you actually use a third party dialer to replace all dialer functionality without root? I have no desire to root my phone.
  • Yes. Just download a new dialer app and place its icon on your home screen. Remove the stock dialers icon. Every time you go to place a call, run the new dialer app instead.
  • Jerry, you write just like you talk...I would know you wrote this even if your name wasn't at the top. I enjoy your sarcastic wit whether written or spoken. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well I like the lollipop dialer Posted via the Android Central App
  • It would be nice with two pictures of each. One showing the "start page", as in the Samsung one, and one showing the dialer part. Otherwise this was a great article, nice to see how it looks out there. I thought I would throw in a Sony image for you as well, but it's too many numbers to mask out =) It's a biased opinion but I do think Sony is my favorite when looking at these.
  • I prefer the ugly round tabs over squares any day. Posted via Material AC app running smores.
  • I like stock Android dailer, it looks clean and functional, but i have one complaint about it, its the position of keypad, speaker, etc, difficult to reach using one hand on large phones like nexus 6
  • How can the stock dialer be any other place but the last if i cant hide all contacts who are an email only, without a phone-number. That is an absolute no go and giant flaw.
  • This article has prompted me to explore 3rd party dialer apps in the play store. My question is how safe in terms of privacy are these dialers? By granting them permission to contacts for example am I granting them access to my phone book to be sold off someplace? Call frequency to business so that I can get spammed by Target. Best Buy etc.? Wondering how these "free" apps make their money?
  • my thoughts exactly.. especially these apps that originate from foreign countries Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've been searching for a dialer that doesn't wake the screen on incoming calls. I wear a Bluetooth earpiece and an android watch. I look at my watch to see who is calling, then I answer with my earpiece. No need to even take my phone out of my pocket. While I'm walking, my leg is opening apps since the screen is on. And no, I won't install a lock screen. I hate the extra step every time I want to use my phone.
  • Sony's of course the best. THe Samsung's is particularly fugly.
  • You nailed it with the Hangouts dialer. It SUCKS! And "stop messing with Google+ and fix this" made me chuckle. What are they doing? It's not sticking, Google! Work on perfecting your apps that are! lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hangouts Dialer is what I use since I ditched regular talk/text in 2014. There's no way back to a carrier SIM phone number for me, only virtual numbers. The carrier should only provide data, talk/text is better managed by other providers as far as I am concerned. What I miss with this dialer is the lack of "smart filter" of contacts, i.e. getting them filtered when the number keys are pressed. It is necessary to make calls from the phone book or conversations rather than using the Hangouts Dialer. The best dialer to me would be one with plugin support: Just add plugins for different services such as Hangouts, Skype or Viber and then have a seamless integration such as assigning a different service to different numbers. It would also provide a seamless integration where any VoIP service can be accessed from a regular dialer app. One solution that points in this direction is the BlackBerry Hub but it isn't there yet. Integrating different VoIP and messaging services into one place would be awesome.
  • Sony? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like the LG dialer. It changes colors when you call and hang up. And what's wrong with round buttons? Nothing! That's what. I don't think it should be dead last. Seems like an unfair rating system. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Jerry, thanks for bringing up something that few discuss. I never thought much about the differences in dialer apps, which is weird because I make/take as many as 50 calls in one day (and I'm NOT a telemarketer!). Guess I had much though about it because it seemed to work well, though I have had to hang up after touching the wrong item and having it instantly call someone. One thing I don't like is actually in visual voice mail which is a part of the HTC dialer app, and that is a big "CALL" on the VM screen when listening to messages. At first I kept tapping that out of habit to call VM, but it actually calls the person back. I'ts a nice option, but wish it was not so prominent, Other than that, I'm fine with it, and I really like the conference calling options. They especially come in handy because I'm the go-to guy for conference calls if we don't have the big Polycom unit. My boss actually prefers the M8 over their own Blackberry for conference and speaker phone calls. It seems to be easy for non-HTC users to figure out, as a 20 year old girl grabbed it right out of my hand and put her name and number in without asking any questions.
  • I almost forgot: The worst dialer for me? iPhone. There is nothing like tapping the phone icon and having it take you someplace other than the dialer. Where will it take you? Who knows... could be favorites, recents, contacts, the actual dialer, or VM. Depends on what you used last, but it's up to you to remember what that is. With the stock HTC dialer (and I assume most other Android dialers), you get the same starting point each time, and that can be defined to whatever you want it to be. Consistency wins.
  • Note5.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm kind of surprised that Stock Android's "business phone number search" never came up when the dialer was mentioned. None of the other dialers I saw (at least to my knowledge) won't serve phone numbers for businesses in the area (i.e. Pizza Hut, etc.).
  • I love this Old School Rotary Dialer : https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... . Simple but add a dash of retro to my Android smartphone :)
  • I just bought a Nexus 5X with 6.0 and I absolutely hate everything about the phone and the dialer is one of the worst parts. I have mostly had LG and Samsung phones and I very much need a static phone tab with a static number pad. Something like the HTC or LG above. Fortunately I don't have a new enough phone for the new Samsung dialer.
    The stock 6.0 is even worse because anytime I start typing I have a blank white page used for filtering, but it hides anything below it meaning I cannot see my contacts and click back to get back.
    With 6.0 I also cannot use the favorites tab with it's giant tabs, which for me display just randomly colored letters instead of a nice list.
    Above the LG is ugly, but at least it seems fully functional, then maybe the HTC but I have not seen all tabs. Everything else seems useless to me. Anybody know of a good dialer replacement that would work with 6.0 Marshmallow but give me a constant static number pad as well as the other tabs where I can change the size and maybe colors of icons and text? Thank you.