A neat article, which shows what else you could buy for $599 U.S. instead of an iPhone.
PC World – What You Need to Know Before Taking the iPlunge
What could go wrong with the iPhone?
The iPhone could be too delicate — its screen cover is glass, not plastic, and there’s a lot packed into the case, far more than in an iPod’s innards — to stand up to street use. AT&T’s slow EDGE network may make browsing not just painful, but just not worth it. The touch-screen keyboard might be unusable for many, or just frustrating for some. A production or supplier problem — and Apple’s not immune to those — could taint the iPhone’s reputation. Or buyers might bash it for any number of missing features, including voice dialing (no), instant messaging (nope), extra ring tones beyond the 35 included (can’t help ya), and video recording (nix on moving pix).