Actually, it's more than a simple dial-pad: it's a homescreen widget for the built-in dial Android app which gives you access to the dial-pad, last calling log and phonebook. Yes, you're just saving one tap if you have the dial shortcut in your dock, however, one tap from here, another one from there... it sums lots of worthy seconds you can spend doing other stuff.
Placing it in your homescreen is quite easy: long-press on homescreen, tap on widgets and select "Simple Dialer Widget". Widget preferences menu will show up. From there you can customize the widget: basically color, font size and tabs. Just to name some of the options: header background color, icon color, call icon color, dialer call icon size, show/hide cotacts tab, call log tab, set date format, text size and number of entries on the call log.
Although the widget should be enhanced regarding smoothness, for example, when switching from one tab to another or when dialing; it works quite good. A time-saving solution that shows why any mobile OS should include a homescreen and widgets feature.
by Manu , Appszoom
Jan 18, 2013