That's a great question. I have been a hard core phone enthusiast for some time now and have many unlocked phones of different brands. I also have lots of experience with smart phones. Treos, Moto-Q, Noki, HTC, etc. so my only point is that the amount of experience I have serves me well when evaluating the iPhone here is my experience with mine:
I really like Apple products, and use my MacBook Pro daily for work, and as my only computer as I travel a lot for work.
It's a tough call, as it's such a personal choice and completely dependent on what you use a mobile phone for. As a phone, it's mediocre at best. For email the keyboard is miserable, for the net it's way to slow for lack of 3G. On WiFi it's better. Perhaps it's just that I've had a lot of experience with phones and this one is just not there yet.
I saw and worked the phone at the store and I really love it. Its not your copycat phone like all the other brands. The best part for me is the Internet part where you can see the entire page. In today's corporate world and so many web filtering restrictions, the iPhone is a good way to get around this while still working. I loaded some pages and it wasn't as slow as people are making it sound to be. I had to find out first hand because some people are more sensitive and delicate than others over little things. I didn't buy the phone and didn't want to splurge, but I cannot keep my mind off of it and may go back to buy it today. I was never a phone enthusiast and just bought one because I needed it.. but this time, this phone has caught my attention because of its style and inet functions.
I do have the blackberry pearl and may miss the MSN & Yahoo Messenger functions.. but I'm sure if I didn't need it before, I can go without it again.
For me, yes. But I'm not someone who's sending 50+ emails a day. I, personally, have no problem typing on it, but others do. I love not having to carry my ipod, cell phone, calendar, and camera all in my purse. I love having access to email and internet but I didn't' have that with my other phone. Perhaps in a few months that novelty will wear off.
I think give it awhile for everyone to get activated and get over the whole PITA of that whole thing and you'll be more input.
Yes it is worth it. You will always hear more complaints after a new release becasue people need help with certain issues. The activation does seem to be a problem, but again, for those switching, it's not just At&T, it's your current provider who has to release the number. Sometimes they sit on it awhile. My friend had to ask 3 times until they finally did it.
I love mine so far. I still need to get used to typing, but the more I do the faster it is going. for all that it does, $600 is worth it.
For me, not worth it. Maybe for others, though. In addition to my iPhone I currently also use the Nokia N95, which does more than the iPhone but lacks the eye-popping style. Reasons the N95 is better for me:
-I chose not to pay for monthly internet, I use wifi all the time. AT&T forces iPhone users to pay monthly.
-I use voice dialing constantly, this feature is missing on iPhone.
-I like to shoot video. None on iPhone.
-Yes the iPhone's camera is good but the N95's is much better. I attribute this to a better lens more than the higher MP.
-N95 has removeable memory. Right now I'm happy with the 4gb card I have in it, but you know how quickly higher capacity memory cards are developed
and their prices drop.
-Something about the proprietary nature of the iPhone hardware, software, and service irritates me. I can change providers whenever I want, and there's unlimited free OEM and third party software available.
-The GPS on the N95 has turned out to be very useful. It's probably not as quick as a dedicated GPS unit, but I use it much more than I thought I would.
All that said, the iPhone does have incredible charisma. It's like a hot guy you know isn't good for you... when he's not around you know he's no good, but as soon as he shows up all you want to do is put your hands on him.
When I got out of Live Free and Die Harder today, and was sitting in the parking lot writing a blog entry and doing some web surfing, I definitely thought it was well worth the money. When I was using it at home this morning talking on the phone with the headphones and using google maps at the same time, definitely thought it was worth the money.
I still have not been able to get to all the features, so I won't give a review until then, but the phone delivers in a lot of areas, but it is far from perfect. There are things about it that can be absolutely frustrating.