Originally Posted by doe4040
Yeah please go on
It is fairly obvious that iPhone is more then a "fashion accessory".
Obviously it looks nice and has been marketed very well. But to focus solely on that ignores the fact that it has:
the best mobile web browsing anywhere
pretty good synchronization with your PC (calendar, contacts, email, bookmarks, photos, music)
good enough email for a majority of people (15 min timed sync with POP and IMAP, full HTML)
great storage capacity (8 or 16gb)
the best mobile video playback
the ability to buy music OTA from the most popular music store on earth
Support for video rentals via itunes
A decent camera
These are all features people actually use. (see the fact that iPhone users are 50x more likely to use the web browser then any other smartphone users) Just because the iPhone doesnt have the one feature you want, or because you have an irrational dislike of Apple as a company or its users as a group doesnt change the fact that Apple has made a supremely attractive and usable smartphone that is selling as fast as they can make them. This is their first phone (does anyone remember RIM's first phone?) the next version (with exchange support and support for 3rd party applications) is going to be even more successful.
Ignore them if you want, write them off as a fashion accessory. But you wont see their competitors doing that.
To the point of the thread:
Personally this year will see the choice between:
BB 9000 with T-Mobile 3g: I could get rid of my Sprint data card and use tethering. The better battery life and hardware keyboard are attractive as well. I am worried the browser will not measure up to mobile Safari.
iPhone 2.0: I am very happy with the current iPhone, this will be even better. I would miss out on 3g since I use T-Mobile and have to keep paying for my data card. The current battery life is only barely enough for me, hopefully it improves.
Nokia E71 with T-Mobile 3g: hasnt been officially announced. It would be a curve sized device with a great web browser, monster battery and the ability to use BB connect. Might be a good compromise, if it is ever actually released.