Well, now, ya see... I listen to a lot of music... so I had an iPod. Loved it. Carried it everywhere I went. AND I had to have a phone. Boring. Annoying to carry around. If only my iPod could make phone calls...
<insert sound of angels and trumpets>
.... two year later,
Australia gets them.
So anyway, I get mine, and it costs less that my old Nokia & iPod combined, thanks to pretty good Optus plans, yet people still look at me like it's an extremely expensive option. I even get a free GPS system. And you can actually use the internet properly, to the extent that I do actually use it.
BUT the true genius of the iPhone is the application platform. All kinds of companies producing all kinds of applications. Almost 10, 000 available so far. Like the ones I have that show me any piano or guitar chord I want, and the one that I use to tune my guitars and my bagpipes (ok, so I've never quite managed that, but not the point.) And the storm radar. And Facebook. And playing catoons in the car for my kids via youtube. And GoogleTalk. And the Complete Shakespeare. And the "Now Showing" movies near me. And google earth, maps, streetview. And Qantas flight schedule. And Translator, instant conversion of my typing into any language. And I'm too tight to pay so the above are all free apps, some cost hundreds...pro apps for surgeons and chemists and stuff...
Don't believe me? Look it up.
And when I'm at home, it automatically connects to and uses my wifi network.
So I confess. I'm one of those zealots who can't help but show it off. But not because it's some kind of stupid status symbol, but because it's just so great to use. It's the biggest change in my life since the original Walkman! Have you SEEN THE LIGHT my friends?
...Although I've heard that other phones have better cameras, so, if you are a photographer, who uses phones, you might want one of those