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Search iPhone (2.0) contacts by first and last name iOS devices
On the new iPhone software, you can search for a contact using the first and last name. For instance, if you want to search for Pedro Fernandes, you would write P F (that's P, then a space, then an F). The iPhone will filter out all the contacts with first and last name starting with P and F, and vice-versa. You can further refine the search by typing more letters. This is a great time-saving feature; thanks, Apple!

Bonus hint... on a standard phone (none-Apple) I always stored the names in such a way that you can do this search. So for instance I would have: Pedro Fernandes stored as PFernandes Pedro, Tania Silva stored as TSilva Tania, Daniel Fidalgo stored as DFidalgo Daniel, etc. This enables a quick search through first and last names. So if you are stuck (or by choice) have an old (classic) phone, maybe you find this usefull as well.
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Search iPhone (2.0) contacts by first and last name
Authored by: smitty97 on Jul 18, '08 10:11:50AM

Nice, works in the Exchange global directory search too.



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Mimics old Treo search
Authored by: jonathanberger on Jul 19, '08 03:27:19AM

Palm did a study when they first released the Treo, and found that in address books even as large as 300 contacts, typing the pattern "jsm" for "John Smith" surfaced a single contact more frequently than any other method. (first letter of first name, then first two letters of last name) They built their search for this pattern to work automatically.

Hopefully Apple will add this someday, but until then, typing "j sm" works pretty well.



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Search iPhone (2.0) contacts by first and last name
Authored by: ryanhunt on Jul 24, '08 07:54:58AM

I am not seeing how to search at all in the new contacts app. I can using the new Google app, but Contacts seems just as cludgey as before. Can you point me to the way that search is done in Contacts.app?

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