Hello World - long time, no post
I was lucky to have an iphone - 'was' is the key. Alas it went for an unintended swim (don't ask) and it is no more.
Otherwise they seem incredibly robust as you can see from ArsTechnica's stress test. They managed to do everything imaginable to it and it only really failed the 'drop from a balcony', 'step on me' and 'make me swim' test. That screen seems incredibly scratch-proof. I hope I get a replacement soon. Going back to a 'normal' phone is a real shock.
I only had the iPhone 3G for three days before tragedy struck. I was getting more comfortable with it - thanks to some tips from Craig W and Peter M. Both of which were in the 'Finger Tips' guide, which, though slim, was still too long for my short attention span!
Tog of AskTog.com fame neatly dissected the iPhone user interface - I'm with Tog in having lumpy fingers and thus the iPhone being (at first glance) hard to use. The key is the press-drag-release sequence on the keys - it is is only the key you are on when you release that counts. So if you miss the right key you can slide to the right key and then release. A subtle but very clever touch.
That first experience with the iPhone is glorious - incredibly sharp vibrant colour screen.
And even the death throes of my iPhone were remarkable (but sad) - it slowly ebbed away in my hands. First the screen, then the pulsing of its body until all that was left was a small red glowing light in the top left. Then it too faded. It was rather like the death of a Terminator or the last moments of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey.