Buying Apple stuff is a compromise, like all such decisions. But what you expect is a very smooth user experience, so you don't have to worry about the technicalities. This ain't happening this time, for me or a lot of people. So, I'm sure at some time it will get all nice, but WAIT.
Yes, I know I should have known better, but I thought it had been out for about 24 hours, and the stories ought to have been appearing. Where were all the Apple haters, when they could have been useful?
DO NOT "UPGRADE" NOW, people. I have not had an experience like this since the days of Windows 9x. I'm sure it will get sorted in due course, but it ain't smooth now.
Try reading with attention, eh?
Well, I guess it wouldn't be too bad if you lived in an Apple.
I had an HTC Windows Mobile phone here in NZ, and it did a lot of what you want, quite well. I sold it off to get an iPhone, but that's because 1) I could buy it as a bare phone (and it is actually cheaper than some of the alternatives here); 2) I can use it on prepay 3) it has the standard lexicon of Ancient Greek available as an app, which is a killer a. for me.
I think most of the problems people have with the iPhone in the USA are really carrier problems, but you seem to have some of the shittiest carriers in the world.