Treo 700p has Mac OS X “Spotlight”, Kind of

…and it’s possible that it has for a while.

My neighbor and I were chatting about Palm recently and how it’s damned difficult to scroll all the way to the contact you might want to reference using the down arrow, especially if you have accumulated hundreds or even thousands of contacts. Even the famed Blackberry scroll wheel (which IS a great idea and one that I’d love to have on my Treo) wouldn’t really cut it for these industrial-strength lists.

We’ve discovered that the quick way to get your contact is to search for them. Really.

Just type Number(that blue colored button)-magnifying glass and type in the first few letters of the persons name, or one of their full names.

You will get a list very quickly that looks a lot like Apple’s “Spotlight” function that shows you results by category. One click on the person and there you are, probably in much less than half the time of browsing.

As a matter of fact, I think this smartphone searches faster than my *desktop* computer of just a few years ago, and is one of the most compelling features to date, and one of the feats of performance that is making me feel the money invested in this is going to be well worth it.

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