...and I was a really clever hacker so I could activate the video and music features without activating the phone thus circumventing the steep monthly fee...
I went to the Apple store at Northbrook Court on my lunch break to play with the new iPhone.
The part I like most about it is the screen. The touch screen was smooth and easy to use - very user-friendly, and the resolution was amazing. I wouldn't need the phone, so I have absolutely NO interest in buying one of these simply because you have to switch to ATT/Cingular and buy into a 2-3 year contract, activate the phone, and pay a monthly if you want to so much as use the music or video features. We live in a cellular black hole of sorts, and Cingular doesn't cut it, so that alone was a deal breaker. Even with Verizon I have to wander around the apartment until I can hear the person I'm speaking with pretty clearly, then proceed to position myself like a 1970s TV antenna until I get the best reception.
That said, it's a REALLY cool device. The screen resolution is amazing, and it's the perfect size. If/when it comes out as a video iPod - preferably with wireless capability so you can surf while sipping a latte at Cafeneo - I might just have to get one. The screen...the screen was...it was like....it was amazing.