I'll admit it - I'm a complete Apple Fanboy. I love all things Apple, and I shudder at the idea of ever using a PC again. I'm also a big-time techie dweeb. I love gadgets and gizmos and whatnot, and combined with my Macophilia, I'm naturally the proud (and somewhat cocky) owner and evangelist of the iPhone. I have an iPhone 3GS and my wife has a 3G; this summer I will be upgrading her to the 4G iPhone (or giving her my 3GS and I'll get a 4G, if I can pull that off). If the iPhone ever becomes available on the Verizon network (as long as Verizon doesn't try to hijack the OS like they do for the rest of their phones), I will switch to Verizon. But the iPhone is the best phone on the market. I've used BlackBerry devices, and they're pretty good, but compared to the iPhone, using a BlackBerry feels like using a toy, last year's model, a relic of technologies past. It doesn't compare to an iPhone.
I can list tech specs and reviews and sales figures, but there are two major reasons why I believe that the iPhone is far superior to every other device.
The iPhone is Cutting Edge
When the iPhone was first introduced, it was unlike any other device in the world. It had four buttons and one switch, and the touch screen was entirely different than anything anyone had ever used. Up to the point, the touch screen market for cell phones was essentially limited to HTC and Palm devices, neither of which were groundbreaking devices. The HTC handsets only ran Windows Mobile, and everyone knows that Palm was (and still is) a dying brand name. Touch screens were the very definition of a niche market. But then along came the iPhone.
Despite doomsday warnings from know-nothing technology analysts, despite an insanely high price point, despite only being available on Edge, despite only being available on AT&T, despite not having a "real" keyboard, the iPhone was a resounding success. When you look around the mobile phone marketplace today, a touch screen is the norm, not the exception. The iPhone has totally changed the industry.
The iPhone is Still the Gold Standard
The reason I can confidently say that the iPhone is - and will continue to be - the greatest mobile phone and mobile phone platform on the market is this: everytime a competitor releases the next great device, it is labelled "the iPhone Killer." Not long after the iPhone was released, Verizon released the first iPhone killer, the LG Voyager. My sister-in-law has this phone, and I've used it extensively. It doesn't even begin to come close to comparing to the iPhone. The screen isn't as responsive, the features aren't extensive, and the functionality isn't as intuitive. It doesn't even qualify as a good try.
Other potential "killers" have hit the market - the BlackBerry Storm, the Palm Pre, and the Motorola Droid. The BlackBerry Storm is a cool device, but it is and always will be second rate until BlackBerry/RIM work out some serious branding issues. The Palm Pre was marketed towards iPhone users who bought the original device, with lackluster results. The biggest problem with the Pre (besides the brand and the network - Sprint) was that it didn't work as well in real life as it did in the commercials. Consequently, that's the biggest problem I have with the Moto Droid. My mom bought one not long ago, and it required figuring out. It doesn't feel easy to use. It's not simple. And the iPhone is. The iPhone just makes sense.
I admitted it at the top of the blog - I'm a big-time fanboy. There are things I want the iPhone to do (OS 4.0 touches on most of them), but I'd rather wait with Apple as they continue to upgrade and innovate than to settle for something unoriginal and second rate. The iPhone was the first device, and because it was first, and because it was the best, it is and will continue to be the standard by which all other phones are measured.