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What's missing from iPhone 3G?

June 9, 2008 |  4:31 pm

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off iPhone 2.0Do you feel like there's something missing from the upgraded iPhone software and the new iPhone 3G? You're not alone.

Some analysts at the Apple developer conference said they were disappointed that the iPhone 3G wouldn't come with a built-in video camera.

Another was hoping he could use a SIM card to stretch out the battery life if needed (Apple says the iPhone 3G will handle up to five hours of talking, six hours of Web surfing, seven hours of video watching or 24 hours of audio listening).

And our readers are finding plenty of things to criticize. Their biggest gripe: The iPhone still doesn't let you copy and paste text, an oversight that has annoyed lots of people since the gadget went on sale almost a year ago. Like the analysts, our readers said they wished Apple had included a video camera. But they also wanted a stylus (for those who have long fingernails) as well as the ability to send MMS (aka picture messaging) and view Flash-based Web pages.

Sound off in our poll below about which omission bothers you most.

What else do you think is missing? Post suggestions, serious or fanciful, in the comments below.

Speaking of comments about the iPhone, our compadre David Sarno (aka Web Scout) sounds off on the frequency of iPhone-related messages on the microblogging service Twitter. Don't they have anything better to write about?

Yeah, we don't either.

-- Michelle Quinn

Photo: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils new iPhone software and hardware. Credit: Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times

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