Scroll through contacts? I have thousands of contacts. I would still have to scroll with "Smart Dial". Just start typing anything that will match any of the text in their contact entry like first or last names, company names, comments in the notes, whatever. Even their number. I don't have time to scroll through that many contacts. And you can use "smart searching" system wide, not just to dial a number.
So not only is it supported, it's vastly improved upon.
I totally agree. SmartDial / T9 is a standard in most Android phones, BlackBerries and even 3 years old Symbain-based Nokia phones...I just don't get it why it is not yet done in iPhone?! 5 yeras on the martket and nothing like that.... I was really disappointed when started using my iPhone 5 which doesn't have this feature...
Sometimes I have a feeling that Apple treats its users as idiots and do not implement some features in purpose. If some users are not so advanced and would be confused to see contact names when dialing a number - I'd solve this as an option that I may enable in Settings.
I'd really love to see this feature in my iPhone. . It's sooooo must-have in a modern phone and so robust... Favourites is not a real solution. THere is a 3rd party app - iCaller, but it anyway uses native iPhone dialer...
The last sentence has been just a statement that a huge amount of people think, something is good if only a lot of people use it.
I use T9 on a 5$ Samsung phone and use my iPhone as Apple has designed it. That is why I have an iPhone. It is easier to write anything with the iPhone, than writing anything with T9.
But what I wanted to do is just to thank you that you made the point to use the iPhone correctly and not to ask for features nobody needs.
People - you critisize something you've no idea about! Smart dialing (also called T9) is NOT about text input for God's sake...it's about dialing a contact in a really quick and simple way just by clicking on one of 10 dial buttons and the phone matches.
For example I want to dial contact MLADD - I then tap on 6,5,2,3,3 and the phone searches for contacts matching all the combinations hidden on these numbers.
Another example: see Apple's website containing contact line number specified in 2 ways: (800) MY-IPHONE (800-694-7466)
Do you get my point now?
I've used at least 6 different phones in my life so far and went through most of well known platforms including Symbian, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and now iOS. I'm very sure there is no better and faster way to quickly and easily dial somebody but by using a smart dial. Dialing somebody this way takes 2 seconds while dialing using tapping on contacts field, then typing a word using keyboard (assuming you click on a right button when on the move) takes a while longer and is frustrating.
It's just a matter of a wider perspective when looking at this problem. If you would use it at least once - you would demand it as well.
For people liking tapping everywhere to perform basic actions - let it be as it is, but why not to improve something by adding an additional option in setting and enable SmartDial?
You assume a lot.
I've been using cell phones since before the handheld bricks were available and cell service was a 30 mile radius in South Florida.
T9 is a product which was developed specifically FOR predictive text entry.
RiM does not use T9
"Smart dialing" is a generic name
I have used T9 and smart dialing on plenty of older phones.
It seems you always put your phone app back to keypad every time you use it. Personally, I keep mine in Contacts. So I don't have to "tap on contacts" every time I want to call someone. It's already there.
I would just type ML to find my contact?
And I don't understand your point about the phone number in 2 ways. Just dial the number.
It seems your searching for a solution to a problem that doesn't exist for most iPhone users. Your purpose here is to get everyone to think the same way you do. Good luck with that.
If you want smart dialing, please search the App Store, or find a phone that suites your needs. Please do some research ahead of time to make sure your next phone has all of your required and technologically advanced features that you can't live without.
Finally this is a serious discussion, some thoughts exchange instead of short, picky comments.
Yes, I did assume a lot, but without you going into a material discussion I couldn't do anything else.
Anyway...maybe I'm demanding something that few iPhone users want, but I may again assume something - people got used to their iPhones (well done Apple marketing people) without exploring different phones, different options and solutions. Apple's addictive and everybody knows about this. Just a matter of a well designed ecosystem and business concept.
There is no phone that would fulfill everybody's needs. There no perfect phone for everybody. Every one of them has some limitations and disadvantages with some reasons behind. Also the iPhone. A choice for a new phone (in my case at least) is about: what do I need or expect from a device. iPhone has most of what I need, but things like this missing smart dialing (which is not "technologically advanced feature" at all - any newbie programmer would do that quickly) just annoys me. There are other basic features missing as well without even imaging what the reason could be for each of them, but that's not a thread to discuss about this.
Summarizing: this "problem" is like somebody drives a mid-range car but with a nice, strong turbocharged engine and then buys an expensive car with superb interior and a lots of other things, but a normal engine - nevertheless strong as well. Generally he likes it, but missing that nice flexibility & torque given by a turbocharger in the previous car. Of course he could have similar results by putting the new car's engine on high rpm...but that's not the same