Tom Smith really doesn’t seem to be having much joy with his iPhone.
I, on the other hand, love mine (despite the occasional glitch, random departure of what appeared to be a fully charged battery, or stupid loss of preferences when upgrading).
This may be something to do with the fact that Tom seems to have about 100 third-party apps installed on his, and I (remembering the days of OS 9 extension madness all too well) have about 10 on mine.
I suspect though that it’s all about expectations and the managing thereof.
I can’t speak for Tom, but all I really wanted from my iPhone was something that replaced my old iPod and phone, and by the way was a better internet device than my previous Sony Ericsson not-at-all-smart phone. Expectations well and truly met.
Throw in the fact that I’ve now got always-on, eat-as-much-as-you-can data access wherever I am (yes, at super slow 2G speeds - so what? How fast can you read RSS feeds anyway?), and I am a happy bunny.
Apart from the bloody recessed headphone socket of course, which is right pain in the arse.
For what it’s worth, my list of apps, in rough order of usage: