After many long nights and careful considerations, I canceled my iPhone contract and my device is now nothing more than a glorified iPod Touch. It was a sad day indeed but my wallet is all the better for it as I've eliminated a $100 per month phone bill.
That's not to say that I'm without a phone. I'm using my AT&T Tilt as my primary device and although I miss the slim and sexy design of the iPhone, voice dailing, cutting and pasting, dedicated keyboarding, and HSPA-speed network access are features I just didn't have on the iPhone. Access to corporate mail via Xpress Mail without the need for IT support or security workarounds is also a joy. Windows Mobile has it's issues and it's not pretty but it gets the job done and I'm far more productive with the Tilt. The iPhone was far more entertaining, but I had to choose one–it didn't make sense to have two $100 a month phones.
The missing graphical interface and entertainment options offered by the Tilt have me all the more excited about the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. It's got the look, Sony has the multi-media technology, and it seems to be the perfect blend of iPhone and Tilt though, at its core, it's powered by Windows Mobile. It's rumored to be available as soon as the end of this year and if it delivers on its promises, I'll be switching yet again.
Will anyone ever get close to producing a phone that can be used to effectively browse the internet at high speeds, provide organizational happiness by managing calendar and contacts in true PDA fashion, while allowing email access to work and personal accounts in addition to video and audio entertainment while being an excellent phone? It's not too much to ask and what we have today is closer than we've ever been. Whoever gets it right first will reap rewards that will only get better with each successive improvement.