So I have an iPhone. (No surprise there, right?) Tried to be clever and buy at the downtown Brooklyn AT&T store, which was a nightmare and limited me to only one phone. Came home and my wife was so irritated at my having the only iPhone in the house that I got back into a cab and went into Soho at about 10:30, where I bought a second phone at the Apple Store in maybe 45 seconds.
First impressions after an hour or two of playing (and traveling in a cab) with it. Edge speeds right now are much better than I thought they'd be. Typing may be a little harder, though I'm still getting used to it. The landscape mode keyboard is SO much easier -- why is it only available when you're typing a URL?
But on the whole, my gut is that this going to turn out to be the best first-gen product Apple has ever released. It really is that good.
The thing that really struck me riding in the cab tonight was how foolish the consumers-don't-like-convergence naysayers have been. I'd been thinking of the iPhone convergence as primarily a pocket real estate matter: I'd be able to consolidate music and phone into a single device, thus leaving one whole pocket free.
But I hadn't really thought about convergence as a media experience. I got a little glimpse of that future riding in the cab tonight: I'm listening to a song, and checking email and surfing around a little, knowing full well that if someone calls me, there will be no fumbling around to find the phone, or switching from browser mode, or turning down the music, or pulling off my headphones -- the music just automatically fades out, and I just hit "answer" on the screen and start talking. And the second the call ends, I'm back reading email and the song starts up right where it left off. Pretty sweet.
Update The Next Day: EDGE speeds are way faster than I was expecting, in Brooklyn at least. Loaded up the front door of kottke.org in about 12 seconds while standing in the Long Meadow in Prospect Park. And while I was there, I read this excellent line from Jason, which is completely true for me as well:
After fiddling with it for an hour, I know how to work the iPhone better than the Nokia I had for the past 2 years, even though the Nokia has far less capabilities.