I have also heard that apple will be locking these phones down to stop people putting their own software on the phone, which to me, in a phone that's likely to cost hundreds is just silly. I bet that touch screen scratches quickly too
If you want a phone that plays tunes, get a smart phone with the symbian operating system - the nokia 5500 is "splash proof" as well, and that fits the bill nicely. Another option would be a Windows Mobile phone, which again are very good bits of kit.
For a phone that they advertise as being able to use the internet, it should have 3G on it.
I am not an ipod user - personally I think there is way too much hype over these products, when there are perfectly good alternatives about like the creative zen, it's just the likes of the bbc seem to plug the ipod regularly so everyone buys one. I had an argument with an aunt the other day - I told her I had an mp3 player, she said, "oh, an ipod", and she couldn't relate to an mp3 player being anything other than ipod.
This site is quite entertaining to read - http://www.idiottoys.com/2006/12/ipo...in-crisis.html
- note the story here "ipod dock industry in crisis" - only two were announced last week