everybody has their own set of requirements.
Certainly, many of the user comments tell me more about the phone than this sad "review". But some people gotta lay off the propaganda, there is no "best" phone of all, just different compromises.
If my only catch phrases were "pretty" "slim" "easy to use", I'd buy an iPhone. But when I ask myself "can the iPhone do what I want on my travels?" the answer is regrettably "no, it can't"
I've been looking really hard for a phone in this area for several months. None of the offerings have offered everything I wanted in one device. I'd like a phone with the Touch HD's screen, Apple's interface and the nice lense and camera from the N95, and the battery life, navigation and memory combo of internal 16GB + micro SD cards from Samsung's Omnia.
While I think the iPhone has the best interface, the hardware is just not acceptable, and neither is being under Steve Job's ugly thumb (exclusive carriers, only the apps his steveness likes for his own corporate reasons - no, he gets the middle finger out of principle)
I want as good a camera as I can get in a phone, video recording, the ability to swap memory cards for different types of data (audio, pictures, video), I want it to run FRING over wifi, have navigation and internet. Definitely Fring! (no, I don't work for them, its free software anyway)
All that with good battery life, and the ability to swap between 2 batteries when traveling.
I don't like Windows Mobile much, but other offerings maybe prettier, but far from better in every aspect either, and at least I can install what I want on it. With Apple's iPhone, I had to tell my friend, to get Fring for his iPhone right away, cause you never know when Steve suddenly kicks the application out of his store... and then you need to fumble around with jailbreak hacks? no thanks...
I've looked at Sony Xperia, Samsung Omnia, Nokia N85, Nokia 5800 and Touch HD.
Xperia and Touch HD have crap cameras, barely better than the iPhone, so they're out. I don't like those tiny keyboards much either, the touchscreen keyboards seem no worse. Nokia 5800 won't be out till next year, so only the Omnia does technically everything I want right now, its camera and video recording came out great in comparison reviews, and its touch screen works fine, even though its touch interface won't win any design awards, and the Touch HD has better resolution. The N85 got great reviews, but lack of a touch screen makes it less appealing than the Omnia.
In the end, if you don't have any special requirements, iPhone might be good for you, if you don't mind having to send it in for battery swaps.
As soon as you want to do something creative with your phone, like taking video, record audio, take pictures, or even just copy and paste text, Apple lets you down... its suitable only for pure consumers.
For those who say a phone can't replace a "real" camera or video cam anyway: when did YOU carry a camcorder with you the last time, at that random moment when something wild happened?