Is there any way to speed up speed dial on the Treo?

On my last phone speed dial was quick, a tap of a number and tap dial. With the treo I need to hold the button for what is an annoyingly long time. This after the wait to switch to the phone app in the first place. I could try Butler with it's KeyLauncher to skip the switch to the phone app, but I would be happy if there were just a way to shorten the press required to launch favorites.