So, I picked up an iPhone over the weekend. To all the people who waited in line for over 24 hours, I say: HAW HAW. To all of the people who waited in line for over 24 hours to buy multiple iPhones to sell on eBay, I saw: DOUBLE HAW HAW. I had to stand in line about 5 minutes to play with a demo iPhone and I had to stand in line zero minutes to actually buy one.
The phone itself is really nice. The applications are great, the data connectivity is a bit slow, but not noticeably different from my Treo. The ability to watch video podcasts someplace other than the Mac Mini under the TV is pretty nice. I had to perform a little email magic to get the email working the way I wanted (i.e. only messages addressed directly to me go to the phone, ignoring mailing lists and other mass-mailings.)
I only have two gripes. 1: the large fancy-schmancy completely-engulfing-the-ear headphones I use at work have an earphone plug that is not quite slim enough to plug into the recessed earphone jack, so I needed a $10 adapter from Belkin to plug them in. 2: when listing to podcasts in the car, I have to put the phone in airplane mode (turning off the cellular radio), otherwise I get that chirp-chirp-chirp-chirp interference through the cassette tape adapter. This isn’t that big a deal to me because I don’t use the phone in the car (stick shift + rag top = hard to drive + hard to listen), but I do have to remember to turn the phone back to normal mode when I arrive at work/home. I probably have a magnetic choke (is that what they’re called?) lying around at home or work that I can use to help clean up the signal.