iPhone is Invention of the Year – TIME

Invention Of the Year: The iPhone – The Best Inventions Of The Year – TIME

[quote]The thing is hard to type on. It's too slow. It's too big. It doesn't have instant messaging. It's too expensive. (Or, no, wait, it's too cheap!) It doesn't support my work e-mail. It's locked to AT&T. Steve Jobs secretly hates puppies. And?all together now?we're sick of hearing about it! Yes, there's been a lot of hype written about the iPhone, and a lot of guff too. So much so that it seems weird to add more, after Danny Fanboy and Bobby McBlogger have had their day. But when that day is over, Apple's iPhone is still the best thing invented this year. Why?[/quote]

Five reasons says TIME;

  1. The iPhone is pretty
  2. It's touchy-feely, Apple didn't invent the touchscreen. Apple didn't even reinvent it. But Apple knew what to do with it.
  3. It will make other phones better. AT&T gave Apple unprecedented freedom to build the iPhone to its own specifications. Now other phone makers are jealous. They're demanding the same freedoms. That means better, more innovative phones for all.
  4. It's not a phone, it's a platform. When Apple made the iphone, it didn't throw together some cheap-o bare-bones firmware. It took OS X, its full-featured desktop operating system, and somehow squished it down to fit inside the iPhone's elegant glass-and-stainless-steel case.
  5. It is but the ghost of iPhones yet to come. Look at the iPod of six years ago. That monochrome interface! That clunky touchwheel! It looks like something a caveman whittled from a piece of flint using another piece of flint. Now imagine something that's going to make the iPhone look that primitive. You'll have one in a few years. It'll be very cool. And it'll be even cheaper. 

And that is what sums it up for me as well. The iPhone is <Fat Bastard voice>dead sexy</Fat Bastard voice>.