How to quickly make a phone call
I just got a Droid today. The biggest challenge for me with smart phone is quickly making phone calls.
For example, with my old LG flip phone, I did this:
1) Open the Phone
2) Click contacts
3) Type first few characters
4) Click Send
I would be clever and put spaces in front of some names, so when I clicked contacts, I could just scroll to their name (which was at the top of the list). I could find just about any record and be making the call in about 3 seconds (maybe 4 if I had to key in 2 letters to find the contact).
What's the fastest way to make a phone call with the Motorola Droid?
I've been playing with it, and this is what I've found:
1) Click Power Button
2) Swipe for security
3) Click Search Button
4) Click Voice Dial
5) Say Name
6) Wait for list of numbers with that name (home, mobile, work, etc.)
7) Tap number
Takes me about 7 seconds
Side note: I wish there was a way to turn on the phone using one of the side buttons, getting to the top-right power button one-handed is awkward for me.
I tried not using the Voice Dial, and because I have 220 contacts, it took too long to scroll through. Then I tried using the little keyboard to type some characters...works, but the on-screen keyboard isn't on my team yet.
Anyone have any other suggestions on how to quickly make a phone call?
p.s. I also know about putting the contact icons on the home screen.
Looking forward to suggestions, or ways I should try in order to be faster at making a call. Right now, it seems like with practice I could get to the point of making a call a little quicker, but does it have to take so much effort (read steps)...I gotta be missing something.
use direct dial shortcuts
From your Home screen, or one of your side screens, do a long press on the screen, choose Add, Shortcut, Direct Dial. Choose your contact, a shortcut icon appears on your desktop. Pressing this icon calls your contact, kind of like having a speed dial.
So you are looking at:
Press Standby/Power button
swipe to unlock
press direct dial icon
add one more step if you have to swipe to a side screen. : )