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Thank you Apple and Google

January 16, 2008 ·

Some people were not very excited about Apple's keynote yesterday but the 1.1.3 firmware update for the iPhone is plenty enough for me, along with Google's updated mobile apps. I use Gmail a lot on my iPhone and one of my clients has standardized on Google Mail/Docs for their communications so I'm constantly reading mail and documents on my iPhone. Gmail was OK on the iPhone and Google Docs was bearable but Google Reader was a nightmare. At the weekend, I noticed Gmail suddenly got a lot nicer with a very iPhone-style UI, sliding panels between labels and mail. Great... now what about the other apps? Tuesday night, I got home from said client's site and eagerly updated my iPhone firmware. The new "location" feature in the Maps application is very sweet (and seems sufficiently accurate for my needs). Then I started reorganizing my home screen. Screens. That's when I noticed that Google had updated most of its apps to be iPhone-friendly. Google Docs makes a great reader now, even for fairly large spreadsheets. Google Reader is a huge improvement! So now my iPhone has:
  • 43actions - a great little GTD (Getting Things Done) task manager
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clock - with 10 cities
  • Maps
  • Notes
  • Stocks
  • Weather
Followed by: Then my menu bar is:
  • Mail
  • Phone
  • Safari
  • Settings
On screen two, I have a row of games: Then my multimedia tools:
  • Camera
  • iTunes
  • iPod
  • Photos
  • Text
  • YouTube
And, yes, they are in alphabetical groups. Call me anal retentive and see if I care! Anyway, a big thank you to Apple and Google (and those games companies) for making my iPhone an even more lovable and addictive little toy!

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3 responses

  • 1 Ken Sykora // Jan 16, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    I guess you don't check it that often, (which is fine) but the Google Reader site was updated a few months ago.. like November or something. But it's new to you, and that's all that matters!
  • 2 Sean Corfield // Jan 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    @Ken, I guess I've just been using the wrong URL then... Still, it made my day :)
  • 3 Lola LB // Jan 17, 2008 at 3:58 AM

    Sounds cool! Maybe in 2 years when our cell phone contract is up, iPhone will be more accessible for the deaf (right now, there's no data-only plan option and Apple and ATT are pointing fingers at each other over that issue).