This is why, I think...
Originally Posted by boovish
The iPhone design paradigm is an iPod you can also talk on.
But the design paradigm of the Pre series with webOS, is a phone that can work like your multi-tasking pc, while first and foremost, being as comfortable as a phone. I.E. The device we rely on as our most used, and most important mobile device, first and foremost. webOS (are supposed to capitalize it if it's the start of a sentence?) made your phone, the most useful device you could carry. It played your music, is browsed the web, and it seamlessly connected all the pim/pda/desktop information to the one device you could truly take with you, and not feel like a compromise to your mobile phone. It's physical design was a phone. And it was better than any PDA at the same time. It was a phone that did the things you really needed your pda to do, and also gave you so much more.
The iPhone otoh, is very well made iPod :-), that also has a phone radio. And it's very well made, which is truly an excellent hallmark of apple products. The iPhone was pretty damn cool to a lot of people who knew and loved apple because of the iPod which, IIRC, was their most successful consumer product ever, and what put them back in the mainstream consumer market and resurrected them as the company we know now. But it's really a different paradigm than our Pre/2/3 with webOS devices.
Personally, I love the solidness of the hardware, and the fluid response of the screen on the iPhone. But the physical design it still cold and uncomfortable, whereas the (Pre2 in my case) feels like the perfect, warm and cozy device, that lets me do all the things I need to do with it, in a way that just feels natural, ergonomically correct, and just plain comfortable. And it's the combination of the physical design and the software design that achieves this.
The iPhone is a really good product, which even the hard core webOS fans respect I think (at least secretly), but to most of us it's a very different paradigm, and that's why we find it so hard to "like" the iPhone. Even though we haven't had the quality of hardware, the massive app offerings, or the popular swag of the iPhone, we can FEEL the real value of the webOS paradigm and truly understand what a great smartphone can be.