As we all know, the iPhone is one of the single most popular handsets available on the market, even over a year after its initial release. In fact, it seems to be defying the laws of basic economics with its supply/demand curve. The number of iPhone's sold seems to be an ever-increasing quantity with each passing quarterly figure announcement, and the price is the same as at launch. And this is very unlikely to change. Apple effectively has no real competition, either in the tablet or smartphone markets. Let's talk smartphones first. The iPhone is an incredible combination of hardware and software. You can do pretty much anything on the iPhone that you could on a full desktop or laptop computer. There are obviously some limitations but the usability is endless. Other smartphones are very feature-rich as well, and with the Android market, blackberry app world, and other app platforms there is a fair bit of usability in this respect for other handsets as well. But Apple seems to REALLY hit the hammer on the head when it comes to required features. I have personally used several of the latest smartphone offerings from other vendors like RIM's Bold 9900, Samsung's Galaxy SII, HTC's Sensation, and while many of these have some very cool aspects to them, they always seem to have tradeoffs. The Galaxy S II is rampant with battery issues - I know 3 people with this phone, and all of them have the dreaded WiFi Sharing issue (google it). Another friend of mine let me borrow her Bold 9900 and it froze at least once a day; the old blackberry's had fantastic battery life, but it seems that now RIM has designed a phone with a touch screen, high res display with a fast processor, the battery life is abysmal. The HTC Sensation's screen is washed out. As far as touchscreen smartphones, I can't think of a single phone that has battery life that competes with iPhone. What's the point of having a blazing 1.2 or 1.5 GHz dual core processor if it only lasts for half a day under normal use? In the tablet world, the iPad is currently the only real tablet I'd ever consider getting. The others from HP (RIP), RIM, Samsung, Sony, and Motorola are clearly copycats, and people know this! They appear as knockoffs of the real thing, and yet most of the vendors release them with bugs (or no email client) at the same price or just barely under (or in some cases - more!). Apple comes back in a keynote and compares the number of apps for its competitors' tablet platforms to its own and it is almost painful to watch! It seems like the most basic things are missed by every other smartphone or tablet manufacturer. Just my $0.02. It would be nice to see some actual competition from other platforms/vendors in these spaces.