A proven inside source of mine points me toward his posting on a forum describing his hands-on with the iPhone. Here's are his non-fanboy impressions along with some new details:
•"It does have email and it is already set up for AOL/GMAIL/HOTMAIL etc.. and you can use your own POP email address."
•"Not worth the $500-$600 IMHO maybe half that."
•"I must say it has very fast response to input and very good resolution on the LCD it is very crisp and vivid."
•"...it has a place to put your SIM. It looks to not have an easily replaceable battery (like the IPODS no battery door)." [This runs contrary to other rumors.]
•"The phone has a super top secret feature that I can't even be told what is (anyone have a clue?)."
•"Web browsing is pretty fast as well."
•" The phone has to be carried around in a pouch there is no other way around it. " [A matter of opinion...]
•"One thing that struck me was that there are constant firmware updates. I'm talking nearly daily. I hate to see that the firmware is being tweaked so much 3 weeks before its release." [I'm sure there'll be Boom at launch...]
Although I got our hands on with an early preproduction model in January, it's nice to hear from someone who's held the production model. I don't agree with all he's said (particularly the price not being worth it) but I know you guys are tired of me ranting about this phone, so a little outside perspective can't hurt. All will be revealed on the 29th of June.