It didn't take more than a couple hours for me to come to the conclusion that the new iPhone 3G, for my needs, is considerably better than the first gen phone. My day job has me working in a warehouse type building where phone signals cannot penetrate the walls. With the original iPhone, I could barely make phone calls and I could never bring up a webpage while inside. I was elated to discover that with 3G, web browsing is now possible in places it was not before. I can actually be at work and have access to the Internet anytime I please. Phone reception is only marginally improved. I don't think the plastic backing made that big of a difference. Despite the initial first and second day problems with MobileMe, it seems that the service is now running pretty well. I figured out how to use Gmail to forward my other POP accounts to my .Mac address. What is really great about Gmail is that it strips all the spam from ever reaching your iPhone (or other devices). MobileMe does pretty much what it promises. I am now able to update my address book or calendar and it syncs across all my devices automatically. The push email is fantastic. For the first time I have organized email. When I trash messages on one end, it does it across the board. Anything I need to read later I just drag into a folder that says "Read Later." The Appstore is another success story. I no longer need a jailbroken phone to get the software I want. There is so much to choose from, and those that are priced are done reasonably. While some may not be convinced the iPhone is the best phone out there right now, I think that software 2.0 is going to change a lot of minds. You can see that the availability of 3rd party applications is going to take this phone in directions that no other phone will go. The only only unfortunate exclusions from the iPhone this go-round is the inclusion of video calling, cut and paste, document viewing and (perhaps) television reception.