OP's complaint about sorting of contacts wasn't really addressed. If you hit Send and try to scroll and find a contact alphabetically, you could run into frustration because the names in your recent calls list (at the top) are REMOVED from the list at the bottom that lists everyone else alphabetically. Going to the People app every time you want to make a call is too cumbersome. Best workaround is to type the first few letters of the contacts name after you hit the send button, and it will filter down your contact list pretty quickly. Of course, if your T9 skillz are rusty, then you're gonna have trouble.
Other workaround: HOLD Send until the voice dial command opens.