The smartphone industry as a whole has a lot to thank for Apple. Without the innovative iPhone, smartphones would still be years behind where they are now. In the next few months, smartphones are finally being released that are comparable to the user interface on original and 3g iPhone. What’s amazing is that these phones are being compared to a UI and hardware that is largely unchanged for almost two years. Despite this, the iPhone, as it is now, still compares very well to this new breed of inspired smartphones. But, competition is a great thing and just as these phones come out, Apple will be releasing its next generation iPhone, resetting the bar higher for smartphones another two years down the line. My two-year contract expires this September and by that time (hopefully in June), the next gen iPhone will be released. I can’t wait!