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One way to search for contacts on the iPhone iOS devices
One of the oversight's on the iPhone is the lack of a search feature in many areas -- email and contacts, for instance. For contacts, at least, there's a bit of a workaround using the Maps program. Open Maps and type the name of the person you'd like to find in the input bar. The iPhone will display matches from your contacts list; select the one you want, and it will appear on the map. Now click the ">" symbol and you'll see the full record for that person.

Note that this only works if the person has city and state info attached in the contacts database.
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One way to search for contacts on the iPhone
Authored by: wahoo252 on Aug 28, '07 03:43:11PM

Also, if you're searching for a name that appears multiple times in your address book (such as several family members with the same last name), there's a quick way to further narrow it down. Just type one or two letters of the first name, then space and a couple letters from the last name, (or the middle name, suffix, etc...)
There's no need to complete the entire first or last name, before moving on to the next part of the name. Sometimes just the initials are enough (separated by a space). Most other OS X searches (in iTunes, Address Book,...) work the same way.

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Doesn't work for edits
Authored by: Beorn on Aug 29, '07 08:59:22AM

Another caveat: when viewing contacts like this, you can't edit the entries; that functionality is only accessable from the Phone app.

~ Beorn

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