$599 for 8GB model with a 2 year Cingular contract, I call rip-off. This phone makes the PS3 seems like a really really good deal.
Hell pick yourself up a Motorola Q for $99 w/2 year (verizon) and a iPod/Zune/Sansa 8GB ($249). Or at least thats what I would do if I was looking for a buisness phone and a portable media player. But I always get the "Free with 2 year contract" phones, they work great, and make calls, and thats all I need a phone to do. I have an Audiovox one that I got for free with 2 year contract, can't beat free man.
The look of it is nice though, very sleek, and very un-Apple (which is a good thing in my opinion). Looks more like something Motorola might make. The price is gonna kill it and the battery life, 5 hours talk time, is not so good.
Btw, Cisco owns the trademark for the iPhone. Apple will probally have to pay Cisco off to use the name. If I were Cisco I would license the name iPhone to Apple for lots of money and if they didn't pay I would sue them. Cisco Systems vs Apple: Round 1...
I played with a Motorola Q at a Verizon booth in the mall, and the device is actually a fully capable Pocket PC that also is a phone. I own a Dell Axim X30 with Windows Mobile 2003SE, so the interface was very familiar. Love my Pocket PC, it can play SNES games, Genesis games, it can surf the web, it can listen to music, play video, in any format with TCPMP (a great freeware app for Pocket PC), and it can open word docs, excel docs, it does everything.
Regardless of the Stylus, Apple'ss**t attracts fingerprints like no other not to mention scratches and dirt... The freakin' felt case that comes with iPods CAUSES the thing to be scratched with thousands of minute scratches and it p**sed me way off.
Why did they have to get the f**king acrylic finish!?!? Sansa's are so nice in that regard... hard to scratch...
I use to keep my 3rd gen iPod 15GB in a rubbery case, but I don't anymore because it got more scratched up from putting on the case and removing it every couple days to plug it in to firewire or A/C power, then it does without the case. So I just leave the case off. Cases are lame anyway. I hate those people with 5 different cases for their iPods to match all there clothes.
The worst, no offense, are the women. My friend has like eight to match and four of them are high-quality (and expensive!) leather just for her leather + silk match. Makes me wonder what would happen when her iPod Mini dies.