I’m a cynic, really. But this is one bandwagon I feel compelled to clamber aboard. One day soon, we will all use iphones. It’s over. Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung, etc are doomed. Apple is the only company, the only place which can combine world-beating expertise in consumer electronics hardware design, manufacturing, distribution with a rich software platform, OS, tools, and apps. This device is a general-purpose computing platform with a phone in it. It is the only one that is vertically integrated. And that’s what makes it work.
Palm, Microsoft, Symbian, etc cannot control the hardware. And in consumer devices that vertical integration is essential. The iPhone proves it (also the XBOX). Maybe Microsoft could figure it out in 5 years. By then it will be too late.
P.S. Note that the same ex-Apple idiots who nearly killed Apple in the 90s performed the same stupid suicidal strategy on Palm– split the hardware and software. Geez, cause it worked so well for Microsoft in 1982 it must always be the winning strategy. Morons.