Easier way to find and call a contact??

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by FootballRef, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Is there an easier way to call a person other than Phone -> Contacts -> Search -> then find the contact here?

    I know I can do a short cut and do a direct dial. This method takes home screen space and I can only do a few before it becomes cluttered.

    I also know I can a home screen folder to Starred Contacts. Once again this method is only good for a small group.

    What I would like to be able to do it press Phone and then basically be able to search by using the letters on the number pad. I would hope to see contacts pop up as I "dialed" numbers.

    Any such thing exist? Anyone got any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!!!
  2. christim
    Offline

    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    5,112
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New England
    How about Gestures Search by Google? One desktop shortcut, click it and up comes a screen. trace letters on the screen and it narrows down your contact list.
    It also searches for songs, apps and other stuff on your phone.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2010
  3. ConqSoft
    Offline

    ConqSoft New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2009
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    12
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    You can skip your first step "Phone" and just click the Contacts icon...
  4. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Will try it....my thoughts will be posted soon
  5. craigs93
    Offline

    craigs93 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2009
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    I agree with Christim. Gesture search is the greatest find in the market... Apps, games, songs, contacts...it finds them all. Incredibly easy!!
  6. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    I think I will like Gesture.

    Thanks!!!
  7. harpjames35
    Offline

    harpjames35 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    try nubdial. it's in the market.

    [​IMG]
  8. c_law23
    Offline

    c_law23 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Messages:
    126
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Newark, Oh
    wow, gestures is very cool... I'm learning new stuff all the time around here! thanks :)
  9. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Just tried this one as well. Perfect! Exactly what I wanted.
  10. c_mack9
    Offline

    c_mack9 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    473
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    i just got gestures because of this thread. thanks guys. also the search button at the bottom of the phone works way quicker than phone or contacts fyi.
  11. christim
    Offline

    christim DF Super Moderator Rescue Squad

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    5,112
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New England
    I've had the phone since November and I'm still finding new stuff for it and things I can do with it. My old phone was never like this, not being a smart phone. If this keeps up my next phone won't be a smart phone either, so says my wife :)

    I love the discovery of new features, functions etc. Best phone I've picked up ever and probably one of the better pieces of tech I've gotten too.
  12. rjax
    Offline

    rjax New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Try Dialer One. It's similar, but better (unless NubDial has improved a lot since I last tried it). Dialer One will also let you assign speed dial numbers that you activate with a long press on the number pad.

    http://www.androlib.com/android.application.kz-mek-dialerone-iApD.aspx
  13. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    And they just keep getting better. I have tried all 3 tonight....and have liked them all. Dialer One is the best so far.
  14. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    How do I create a speed dial with Dialer One?
  15. rjax
    Offline

    rjax New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Start typing the name of the contact you want to add to speed dial, then long press on the contact you want to add (not the phone icon, but the name), and then when the menu comes up, tap Speed Dial. It'll let you assign anything between 2-99.

    To actually dial a two-digit speed dial number, tap the first digit, then long-press the second digit.

    By the way, another option that you'll see pops up when you long-press the contact is "Send Contact." That option will send that person's contact info to Gmail, Handcent, etc. for easy forwarding on to someone else.
  16. kodiak799
    Offline

    kodiak799 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,801
    Likes Received:
    218
    Trophy Points:
    63
    If you can't remember speed dial numbers like me, you can try AContacts. It lets you add home screen shortcuts for all contacts, call log, organizations (not sure what this is, mine is blank, I assume it would be imported work contacts), and groups. So, with groups of 24-28 you can have one touch access to bring up a screen with all 24-28 (more requires scrolling) and then short or long press the contact icon to call (you have to set that option).
  17. OMEGA5
    Offline

    OMEGA5 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Voice Dial! Press and hold the search key then tell it "Call john smith" I'ver been using it for a few months now and it's pretty much flawless. Just don't use the actual voice dialer program, it sucks the big one. And to make it easier for contacts with multiple #'s designate a primary # and it'll automatically call that # without asking you to choose a #.
  18. FootballRef
    Offline

    FootballRef New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    293
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Thanks. This has to be one of the best apps I have.
  19. greyghost04
    Offline

    greyghost04 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Thanks for this. It's the perfect app for calling.
  20. jdlaw21
    Offline

    jdlaw21 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2010
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks to everyone for this awesome information. For me, seems like A Dialer is the winner. If you go into its settings<T9 setting<T8 search mode and select display name and number, it gives you the best of Nubdial and A Dialer. That way, even if you can't remember the speed dial number, you still have access to numbers as you would in Nubdial.

    Again, thanks so much for this.

    Two side questions...is there an app that allows you to group names under a specific group (i.e. family, business, school, etc.)?

    Also, is there an app that will go through your contacts and make all of the phone numbers appear in the same format (xxx-xxx-xxxx, xxx.xxx.xxxx or (xxx) xxx-xxxx)?