I’ve been taking the iPhone coverage so far with a big pinch of salt (does Walter Mossberg ever dislike anything Apple, btw? Not a slam, genuinely interested…) because Apple isn’t in the business of giving pre-launch review kit to anyone who’ll slag it off – and many of the first impressions pieces have been written by people who’ve camped out for days to get their hands on one, so they’re hardly unbiased observers either. So it’s interesting to see John Gruber’s take on it over at Daring Fireball: he says it’s 95% great, 5% not great. Of all the people wibbling about iPhones this weekend, he’s the one whose judgement I’m most likely to trust.
After reading his comments, I’m still convinced that I want one, and I’m equally convinced that I’ll wait – not just for the European launch, but for the arrival of a 3G model. My Blackberry does the internet-over-GPRS thing, and that sucks. It’s fine for push email and stuff like that, but for mobile internet access GPRS wants to party like it’s 1996.