Well, yesterday was iDay, and to make a long story short, I'm making this post from my shiny new iPhone. I arrived at my local AT&T store at 7:00 AM, and Secret Asian Man joined me about ten minutes later. We were number eight and nine in line, and the first arrivals of the day. The folks in front of us had all been there since the night before, which is a little too hardcore, even for me.
By the time the store was ready to start selling at 6:00 PM, there were about 80-100 people in line. Thanks to Secret Asian Man, it didn't feel like an eleven hour wait. Everyone was really friendly and social. It was like a beach party without the beach.
As for the phone itself, there is nothing I don't love about it. Every feature I've tried so far works as advertised or better. The keyboard is unbelievably good. They say to start off with one finger, and after about a week, you'll graduate to two thumbs. Well, I'm cooking along with two thumbs now, and it's not been 24 hours yet. The predictive correction is sort of like the opposite of early versions of the Newton. You type nonsense, and the word you wanted appears. I'm already way faster than I ever was with years of Graffiti, various tap keyboards or T9.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some phone calls to make.