Michael Gartenberg – What’s Missing From the iPhone

A blog I enjoy is one by Michael Gartenberg, of Jupiter Research, who covers a very interesting range of mobile and entertainment technology (I’m sure he has a snappier way to phrase that.) He just posted some thoughts on what’s missing from Apple‘s new iPhone, the first two of which are here:

  1. It’s not extensible by third parties, only Apple. The means at the moment no RSS readers, no Slingplayers.
  2. There is no support for Microsoft Office attachments.

One of the things I have always loved about my Palm PDAs, and have always admired about the Treo, is the incredible number of third-party programs available to solve any number of niche needs. Having said that, I think Gartenberg ignores some simple solutions that will not be hard to implement by anyone willing to plunk down enough dough to have an iPhone of their own. For point one, Safari has an RSS reader in it, and Jobs indicated the iPhone runs a full version of Safari. If that’s not enough, then Bloglines Mobile and Google Reader Mobile should both be good alternatives for an iPhone user. As for Office attachments, again, doesn’t Google’s Documents & Spreadsheets site handle that on the go? Using Gmail, I am able to open these files in one click from mail-to-editing.

Not as elegant as NetNewsWire and Office on board, but not too hard, it seems to me. Just my $0.02, and all based on sketchy web coverage of event.


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