I have to agree with Nik, that despite the nay-sayers the iPhone is going to be a success. Based upon my own experience of using so-called smart-phones, and seeing the adverts and mini-demos of the iPhone (yes, this happened at WWDC, and everybody knows), it’s clear to me that the iPhone is far ahead of the competition.
I believe it might take years for Nokia and other manufacturers to catch up. They might be able to include individual components that better the iPhone on paper: a better camera, more memory, a higher resolution screen. However, can they provide the total experience? That’s what really counts, as the components are commodities which Apple can easily get hold of.
I just hope Apple partners with T-Mobile in the UK, as T-Mobile are the only mobile operator to provide reasonable rates for unlimited data usage on their mobile plans (branded Web’n’Walk).