Gonna try to keep this brief...
I own a Droid 1, and loved it. My wife won a Droid R2D2 off a Twitter contest, so I inherited it because she said it was "too nerdy" for her... not for me though haha.
Anyways, the phone is great except for one thing... the contacts list sorting/grouping features are really bad compared to the Droid 1. On my D1 I could sort by last name if I chose, and also exclude groups that I pre-defined in my Google contacts from view. I had everything organized so I would only show a couple groups (friends, family) and others didn't show up (businesses, old friends I never called, etc.)
Now on the R2D2, and on my dad's Droid 2 (and I'm told the Droid X), I see that not only am I stuck sorting by first name only, I also can't pick and choose displayed groups. I can view just "phone contacts" or something like that, but it shows all defined members of that group and ignores any Google contacts group settings. On top of that, it dumps in all my Twitter and Facebook contacts, making my contact list roughly 20 times larger than it was on my D1 and really difficult to navigate.
I want to restore as much of the D1's functionality here as possible, and I can't believe the D2 series would be lacking here so badly. I don't want to install a custom ROM since I actually like all the Star Wars touches, but I do have access to my rooted D1 and my R2D2 is also rooted. Can I somehow rip and replace the dialer or contacts apps? Or something I can configure? I think MotoBlur is the culprit, since I know stock Android 2.2 supports sorting options.
I did try a couple market apps for fixes, but since they didn't integrate with the stock launcher or contact apps, they didn't help much.
Thanks for any advice, it is much appreciated!