I wrote a damned essay on how the iPhone sucks (I was excited when it was first announced, but then the reality distortion field failed) and how all the HTC devices available put it to complete shame but I took so long my session expired and my post was lost. Oh what the hey, here's the summary:
In short, something as humble as the Xda Orbit, available free on a £35 12month (no 2 years here) contract (or £40 for CoPilot extra) is already available today and pretty much floors the iPhone in every respect but "user friendliness". The iPhone is nothing but an overpriced fashion accessory and a frivilous step away from Apples strength that leaves us iPod owners without a lovely widescreen/multi-touch video iPod upgrade. The Orbit means no $699 initial outlay for something that can't possibly replace an 80GB Video iPod (8gb on the larger model, what the HELL!?) and will have some fraction of the battery life... you get a PDA that makes no promises but delivers more than the iPhone ever will... not to mention thousands upon thousands of free apps/games to tinker with on it. Also the iPhones almost total lack of hardware buttons doesn't really lend itself to user-friendliness.. I thought Apple learnt that lesson when they FINALLY sucked it down and produced a 2 button wheel mouse.
<disclaimer>I am no anti-apple zealot, nor an Apple fanboy. I type this on a Powerbook G4 which I love, own an iPod which I love but contraverely use, work on and support traditional PCs and use, of course, a WM5 PDA Phone. I am simply a free-thinking individual who was affected initially by Job's reality distortion field and now realise just what a fool I was to belive it all.</disclaimer>