The Blackberry, Treo, and other such smartphones all cost around $350-$450, even with yearly contracts. Can you get them cheaper? Yes. But they've also been on the market for years now. The price has come down due to exposure and competition. The iPhone is brand new and features an interface no one else has. That pretty much justifies cost. Don't want a smartphone? Well then don't get one. This isn't meant to be a standard-level cellphone like most of us will buy. It's meant to be a smartphone.
Sony made excuses about the PS3 too, which the iPhone will cost as much as, if not more. So it's only okay when a company you're a fan of sells it? Don't be a mindless drone fanboy. Something tells me that if Sony or Microsoft's names were on this thing you wouldn't be so quick to jump on the train.
Superfluous functions? No. Maybe for you because your lifestyle and business practises don't require such a device. Many people DO however, evidenced by the widespread use of smartphones. Also, most have the same average battery life.
I'm sorry, but if you check the weather
on your phone, then you're a retard. And you say they have the same average battery life, but I wonder how long that'll last when someone starts pumping the tunes from the iPhone. Along with all its features AND functionality as a phone, the battery life will drop like a rock.
I understand where most of the complaints come from, but you gotta do your research first. The iPhone is not for the standard consumer. It's a speciality business product like the Blackberry or Treo.
That still makes the price absurd. And please, don't tell me the whole 'sleek and sexy' look means it's being advertised as a 'business product.' Was the iPod supposed to be a 'business product,' too? Everything about this looks like it's being marketed to the average joe, who, like I said, can buy an entire iPod AND a workable phone for less than what this phone costs. Instant fail.