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Old 12-07-2006, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently got a Pearl on T-Mobile after using a Sony Ericsson P900 for three years, and I'm completely blown away by the usability of this teensy phone (compared to the SE brick!) Anyway, I'm an instant convert.

When I search for a contact by typing their name at the home screen, is there a way to then view/edit that contact's details? I'd like to use this as a shortcut to the Address Book, in a way, but I can't find any way to do this.

Interestingly, from the call log I can click on a name/number and choose "View Contact" and get to the Address Book entry, where I can edit etc. But I can't seem to do this starting with a search.

Am I missing something silly?

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Recently got a Pearl on T-Mobile after using a Sony Ericsson P900 for three years, and I'm completely blown away by the usability of this teensy phone (compared to the SE brick!) Anyway, I'm an instant convert.

When I search for a contact by typing their name at the home screen, is there a way to then view/edit that contact's details? I'd like to use this as a shortcut to the Address Book, in a way, but I can't find any way to do this.

Interestingly, from the call log I can click on a name/number and choose "View Contact" and get to the Address Book entry, where I can edit etc. But I can't seem to do this starting with a search.

Am I missing something silly?

Thanks!
John

OMG you read my mind!

I was JUST going to post about this. It's always bugged me since the day I got this phone that sometimes you CAN access the "View Contact" feature and sometimes you CAN'T! This MUST be an oversight by RIM because it wouldn't make sense to have it only from the call log. It would make it so convenient to be able to begin typing a name or number and then choose to view the contact info, thereby removing the need for the address book application almost entirely.

Shame that we still need to go to it in this case.

But I do see where you're coming from. I hope RIM fixes this...
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I got a reply over on HowardForums (search for thread t=1061901 since I can't post URLs yet) that is pretty close to what I wanted to do. From the Home screen if you hold down the green phone key for a few seconds it will take you to your contact list and you can search for a name just like you would directly from the Home screen. Once you have the name you want highlighted press the menu key and select "View" to see the contact details, at which point you can then press the menu key and select "Edit" just like you were in the Address Book.

A couple of quirks:
-if you press the trackball when you have the desired name highlighted it will either call that name or bring up a dialog to choose a number; the only way to view contact details (email, work address, etc) is to choose "View" from the menu
-if you have the MyFaves application active (on T-Mobile) on your Home screen, and you have one of the 5 MyFaves "bubbles" selected, and you try to press and hold the green phone key, it will simply dial that number instead of bringing up the quick contact list

Not perfect but certainly useful overall and still frees up some of my immediate shortcuts so I don't have to dedicate one of them to the Address Book.

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ya ive known about the address book shortcut since day 1. it IS useful, but i still think, like you, that the view contact option shouldnt be in only one of the 2 places.

this will do for now which IS what ive been doing to get around the problem. hopefully a new firmware in the near future will add this feature
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You folks just make the case for the full QWERTY keyboards. The suretype ones lack shortcuts.
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