after trying the direct dial link, I think its actually just as fast as having speed dial. So i am satisfied with this replacement. I think I almost prefer it because i always would forget who i assigned to which number and now i dont have to worry about that. I just click their picture and voila my phone call to that person is being connected :-) only downfall is if youre not running something like open home that allows more then 3 home screens things can get a little crowded :-p
"Umm Redbull, could you please let go of my hand now?"