iPhone 3G S: Is it all worth it?

They'll no doubt be crowds and crowds of people queuing to get their hands on the device starting today. For all the minutes and bolt-ons in the universe, I certainly wouldn't work in an Apple or O2 store today as it will be manic to say the least.

Nevertheless, before joining the screaming crowds queuing, I did some research. I found that all my initial problems from a few years ago came bubbling to the surface all over again: The iPhone 3G S is an extremely expensive device, and O2 are really pushing it with high tariffs.

I don't mind paying for build quality and top end technology, but nearly 50 a month, even with unlimited data, for only 1200 minutes and 500 texts is still far too much. Plus, you still have to pay for the actual phone, which I personally find shocking, particularly when you consider the gargantuan amount of iPhones Apple has shifted in the past three years. Come on, there's covering costs, and there's making an absolute killing.

As much as it pains me to say it, the iPhone - even with all its beauty, fancy technology and gadgetry - is still too expensive. So the question remains: do I spend a bit more money and get the best, or scrimp on a few quid and slum it with the rest for another year or so?