Alright…I tried my best not to mention the phone, but then I found myself next to an AT&T store and couldn’t help myself.

iPhoneThe iPhone is off to a good start. I’ll definitely give them that. The size is very slim and pocketable, not too heavy, and feels solid. The screen is clear and easy to read, with a nice icon interface. During my brief experience “testing” the device, I thought the touch screen controls were mostly easy and accurate, with a few commands taking longer than others.

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Overall, the phone pretty much lives up to much of the crazy hype that came with it’s launch. It is not perfect; EDGE is almost unusable from my 5 minutes on it (EDGE is far below the hardware’s capability; a better service is available from AT&T). It has a definite appeal to a wide audience of users…but then there is the cost.

4GB – $499 + monthly data plan ($60-100/mth); 8GB – $599 + monthly data plan ($60-100/mth)

It’s nice piece of equipment, but condisering big A is making between $300-$379 per unit, depending on GB (see also here), I think I can wait…for v2 or 3+. Not to mention, there are no real options for software or memory expansion at this point.

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