Dunno what all this fuss is about...
The iPod Touch, for example, in it's "pristine" just out of shop condition, was a cute gimmick and a usefull device in some cases if you knew how to use it.
You could play music, and movies, and load photos at a 1/10 de-compression rate (really, why the hell are all photos uploaded by iTunes on the device 10 times the original size, even though the device supports normal compression rates - see Camera Roll in iPhone, which uses normal JPG/TIFF files), you could browse the net in a thoroughly enjoyable way and you could read your mail - hell, you could even read books, by mailing DOC files to yourself, and opening the attachment from Mail in Safari (the auto font was a bit on the smallish size).
But really, this got old fast - it just became another gadget, and started to get left at home more and more often.
Then, jailbreaking came up - the Installer and afterward Cydia apps appeared, and the BSD or Debian subsystem (depends on your app, Cydia puts a Debian subsystem i think).
And the iPod Touch basically became a mobilePC (as in personal computer, i always find it stupid when people say "PC or Mac", when both are PC).
I have a console on it (Terminal), Vim, Lynx, and all the godies of Linux under the hood, accessed through the console, and a ton of other apps on the surface, installed through Installer or Cydia.
I can forgo iTunes syncing most of the time - except for music - i upload all movies, documents and photos to the device through other means, put them wherever i want, and access them whenever i want, with different apps than those Apple provided.
Reading books on the device is now a pleasure - i actually got so used to it, i find it hard to return to dead-tree format. Of course, the screen is still kinda small for this, but untill i get an e-ink device this will have to do.
Still, one tap page changing, being able to adjust the colors of the background and font, the font itself, and so many other things do count a lot.
The Maps application in itself, would only have been useful when tethered to a Wi-Fi connection - not so after jailbreaking, when i could install Maps Offline, and just Save/Restore map caches, from those made by the device itself, to caches made by you on your PC (if you make a Google Maps cache on your PC, it takes some space - Helsinki, from up-above view to maximum zoom, Map view without Satellite, takes 180 MB).
There are countless other applications that you can install after jailbreaking, and all of these have made the iPod Touch a device that never leaves my pocket.
So, don't bother with an expensive combination of an iPod Touch and a substandard phone, when you can just have the iPod Touch, and after jailbreaking have one of the best PDA's on the market.
In time, someone will also provide solutions for its greatest failures - the lack of copy/paste, the need to upload unsupported files through Wi-Fi only, as the cable is only used by iTunes, and the greatest failure of all, lack of multi-tasking.
And yes, i am very very very bored right now, otherwise i wouldn't have bothered to type this much.