On the face of it, I have to say, the iPhone seems to answer most every problem I've had with handhelds. I'm not all that interested in a camera, but I'll certainly take one. If I'm going to have an iPod, I'd sure like it to do more than just play music and videos. Essentially, I want one thing in my pocket, and the more it can do, the happier I'll be. The Europeans have been ahead of us in this regard. Symbian devices are much closer than anything else we've seen in the US. So much so that in Europe, smart phones are about as ubiquitous as laptops are here. And I certainly wouldn't mind heading out for business meetings without the laptop in tow. Perhaps this assault on the Laptop is exactly what Apple has in mind?
But of course there's a lot to be learned about the iPhone. It's safe to assume that as an iPod it's as good as or better than the Nano ??? after all, it does wide screen video. But is it a good phone? How does the camera do in low light - safe to assume there's no flash. The IMAP and POP integration is certainly fine for most consumers, and would be fine for me too, since I've avoided my company's Lotus Notes system. But will it generally (and does Apple intend it to) address the needs of business users? Certainly if you've gone to web based calendaring and use IMAP as your client email protocol, all is hopeful. But it's a small fraction of businesses who've done that. Then there's the matter of managing the thing. If the corporate users lose the phone, can it be remotely wiped clean? Could be a lot of sensitive data on 4GB iPhone.
Having said all that, I want one. The candy bar format beats the pants off the waffle-iron format of my BlackBerry. And the fact that the Blackberry can sense when it is in its holster lets you know that no one with any fashion sense was consulted about its design. A week ago, the Pearl seemed like an interesting solution. Today it just seems silly. Chalk one up for Mr. Jobs.