Originally Posted by skalogre
For that price you could get a bigger capacity iPod (or equivalent media player) and a nicer less expensive phone though. Seriously. I think the expectation is that this is going to be a fringe player for those with enough money to burn, for those like you or I that need space it will not replace a dedicated mp3 player. My Toshiba has a 60 GB drive and I have 10 or so gb of space left when my photos, music and several films I have on it are factored in.
On the other hand, I only use the media player on my Nokia (have a 2 GB MMCmobile card) when I am walking somewhere or doing something of the sort. In the car or on trips I use my Toshiba.
I think the idea around this convergence isn't as a fringe player, but more of an all-in-one device that is actively docked to some home base station frequently. The way Apple keeps adding media to their Library, I think it's safe to say that they expect their users to have many more than 8gigs of media at any given point in time. I guess, you dock it once a week or once a day, sync the latest music, movie trailers, movies, tv shows, music videos, pictures, etc on to your hand set whilst it charges, then grab it and go.
Personally, I have a 15gig iPod (I never bothered upgrading my old ass iPod, knowing there would be something worth upgrading to....) and a 200+ gig music collection. I don't really have a burning desire to view any video on a tiny iPod or iPhone screen, but the 8gig of music storage is really only half of what I have now. Plus, my phone is within 2 feet of a computer at least half of the day, so it shouldn't be that hard to sync or swap tunes.
That said, I hate iTunes, and, to echo an earlier post, Apple will likely lock this amazing piece of technology into their featureless, user-friendly software. Give me customization and an extensible feature set, and then I may buy one.