It's no surprise that as a phone reviewer, I'm an early adopter and I love mobiles. But I haven't been so happy with a phone since my Nokia 8210 in 1999.
Don't get me wrong, the iPhone has problems -- its inability to run programs in the background gives me actual pain. But it benefits from being in a marketplace crowded with confusing, sluggish phones with features that were released too soon. The iPhone has finally made the mobile Web work for me, and I've been bashing away at that for ten years. And unlike other touchscreen phones I've owned, it can actually make a phone call, quickly and easily.
The question is, how long will it last? At a T-Mobile G1 event yesterday, app developers told me that Google Android is a pleasure to work with, whereas the iPhone is a pain. With the developers on board, and more handsets on the way, Android phones are bound to increase their share of the pie. The iPhone leads the pack by miles now, but barring the occasional handset update from Apple, there can be only one.
But why would I put my money on Android killing the iPhone rather than Windows Mobile? Surely the PC killed Mac in the 90s, rather than Linux? It's simply this: Windows Mobile is no good. It's not the PC, it's X Windows on UNIX. Sure, some people love it. But those people are wrong.
I thought the iPhone would be another on a long list of overhyped, overpriced Apple disappointments. But now I've joined the pod people. One of us, one of us, one of us...