The Search screen - is it getting much use?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Slip Jigs, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    When this feature was first released, I actually found it annoying because often I would flip back to my first page and then go one to far to the search screen. I just thought it wasn't valuable enough to be where it is.

    Then I decided to try it out to find contacts - the usual way was a pain, trying to find the contact icon, then the group, etc etc. The search worked great, taking me right to where I wanted to be after typing in only 3 or 4 letters.

    I'm interested to know how others are using this feature, maybe I can get some ideas to make it more useful to me other than contact searching.
  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  3. iLeoMarc macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    I find it easier if you press the home button, wait a second and press it a second time to get to search screen. I also mostly use it to launch applications (though I think it can be improved). Imagine more advance options like linking key words to certain apps. Where you can type "games" and all the games that keyword is linked to will show up.
  4. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008
    I can only say I've used it about 6 times since I updated. And it gets in the way of the otherwise smooth iPhone home screen with it's laggy self.
  5. Snide macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
  6. Tres macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    I've never used it, I find by the time I switch to it and start typing to find something, I could have just opened up the app I'm looking for already.
  7. solideliquid macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2008
    The search is super fast on the 3GS. I use it constantly, especially when I don't feel like swiping to my fifth page of apps. I'm considering switching my double home button click from camera to search in fact.
  8. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    I use it all the time. Literally several times a day.

    I use it to launch any app that's not on the first or second page, to find any contact that's not in my favorites, to find a specific e-mail, etc. It's one of my favorite things about 3.0. That and copy/paste. :)
  9. lollicup macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2009
    I would much rather prefer a "favorites actions menu" ( sony erricson has this )

    you could put your favorite website/programs/contact/ option settings/etc all on one screen.. even room for a search bar if you wanted
  10. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3GS (White, 32GB): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    Yup, same here. I strongly dislike it, as a matter of fact.
  11. EarthDawn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2008
    Long-eye Land, NY
    while I have not used it much either when i have used it.... it works well and does not bother me having its own screen.

    Landscape I do find annoying in text... I always seem to set it off when i put my phone down while leaving the text screen open.
  12. JadedBen macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2009
    Essex, UK
    I never USE it, only tried it a couple times, i just prefer to flick/ scroll to the app/ contact i want.

    The swiping to the right to access it doesn't bother me, but the clicking the home button once to get it does, i'd rather be able to set that as an extra shortcut to something, much like the double click.

    Do we really need 2 ways to access it on the same home screen?
  13. Dominat0r macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    hardly ever...but i guess i kinda would miss it if it were gone =)
  14. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Good question.. I tried it once after 3.0 (on an iPT) came out and I've never used it since.
  15. davyreins macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    Ann Arbor
    I hardly use it. But, I agree with others that it is nice to have
  16. FXT 1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    Is the search screen getting much use?!?!?!:eek:

    Of course, couldn't live without it now. Especially when I had 11+ pages of apps.

    Yes, some apps were off the home screen.

    You really think I flick through endless pages of apps :rolleyes:
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    It works well on my wife's 3GS. I can see its usefulness there.

    On my 3G it tends to be slower than actually going and finding things manually, so I rarely use it.
  18. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    I use it, when I swipe to it rather than my home screen. I wish I could disable it.

    Maybe I can disable it on Sept 25th.
  19. intrepid00 macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2008
    It promised to search everywhere, it doesn't. Hence it's uselessness. It is only handy to find apps on springboard till you sort of remember where you put them. That is mostly because springboard sucks at finding your apps.
  20. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    I'd use it more if it could search txt history and phone numbers and such.
  21. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm the same way. I love being able to launch apps that are buried way back in the pages.
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Never thought of that, I just may finally use it.
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I use it several times a week, typically to find e-mails when I'm not 100% sure which account they're in.

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