Originally Posted by DonMcD
1) If I have a missed call and click on it under the first icon, the menu says open, rather than call. I rarely need to open a missed call. To call that person, I need look at the screen and scroll to Call xxx-xxx-xxxx. Bad news in a car.
2) If I click on the telephone icon, it only shows some of the calls I have made, not those recieved. It also will not allow me to launch into my phone directory unless I scroll to Call from Address book. Not good when in a car.
3) If I go to the address book and click on a name, it brings up view, not call. Again I have to scroll to the Call option on the menu.
1) When you miss a call you can scroll to the missed call, which is generally one down, and then hit the ENTER key. That will immediately place a call to that number. I know that seems cumbersome but it's not hard to one hand it once you get use to it. Also I use this in conjunction with Crank_It_Up's suggestion which was:
"I find if I hold my blackberry in front of me and above the dashboard while driving, right next to my normal line of sight, I can still see the road in my peripheral vision. Changing focus back and forth from the blackberry to the road is faster and easier."
Practice it, do it, don't do it any other way.
2) As somebody said earlier, I think it was Dawg, there is an option to change this so you can show all calls. As for going to the address book, if I know I haven't had a recent call from somebody I don't even go to the phone screen, I go directly to the address book. This is all made easier using the shortcuts. Make sure you have the option for dialing from the home screen turned off, that way you can use the letter shortcuts. I just hit "A", then the letter that starts the entry and then I scroll to where I need to be and click and select call. It's still a few extra steps but less than what you had. It also gets easier with practice.
3) This was pretty much covered in my answer for two but again, this gets easier with practice and also using the technique I mentioned in #1.
I love my 7520 and while it is cumbersome as a phone I manage to use it in the car just fine by taking my time, using safe methods and practice through repetition. It definately sounds like what you want isn't possible with what you have but if you are willing to compromise a bit I think it could all workout.