Thank @Jake18oly. Obviously will have to use the Russian alphabet as messy as it is. Thought there might be phonetic but since there's no such will have to use that one. As for the iPhone Explorer, it's still dependent on iTunes which I'd like to avoid. I have a YamiPod for my old iPod and that works great and was hoping there might be something similar. For now I'm using DropBox to transfer mainly jpgs which is excruciatingly slow and clumsy. Just got DocsToGo and that helps a bit regarding doc and xls files.