Well, they do get credit for being at least one of the first to actually shove the components together like this.
For example, after SJ went on stage and demo'd the original iPhone [which by all accounts so far, was on a real device, running real apps], BB was convinced it was all a lie,
Why? Psion/Windows CE had shown the way. I had a Psion Organiser back in the 1980s.
The iPhone is just evolution and aggressive purchasing of parts. I don't know who "BB" is supposed to be but he needs a reality check. I'm not saying it was easy to do, but it wasn't unbelievable.
OTOH they don't deserve all this patent protection. Their dominance should come from software, engineering, hardware quality and branding, not legal battles over the roundness of the corners.