With the introduction of a slew of new Android hardward this summer from vendors like Sony Ericsson, HTC, and Samsung, it got me wondering if we are seeing the closed/proprietary VS open/multi-vendor platform battle of the 80's again. Granted the Apple/iPhone platform has taken off like gang busters. The iPhone is an engineering marvel in every way, but as quality and choice from the Android platform vendors improve, can Apple sustain their lead? I really think Apple is going to have to expanding it's carrier partnerships beyond the AT&T relationship in the US sooner than later. The $99 iPhone 3G combined with a choice of carriers would give Apple a huge advantage in the the consumer market. As it stands now, they are leaving the door wide open for Android.