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iPhone Revolution

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

The iPhone goes on sale today, and I've had a chance to check it out myself.

The folks from Apple let us play show-and-tell with it on The Early Show — and, I must confess, it's pretty cool. The iPhone can do a lot of things, including play music and video like an iPod. It can roam the Internet. It gets you YouTube and, yes, it can take and make calls.

I was most surprised by the picture quality of the screen. It's way better than anything I've seen before. The keyboard is virtual and is a tad small, so typing was slow. But they say you get better after a week or two.

I'm not sure what the iPhone is, exactly. It's definitely the next … whatever it is — and a million miles removed from the first portable phone I ever carried. Twenty years ago, they came in a Halliburton case and weighed about 25 pounds. Back then the future was clunky and not very reliable. This seems better.

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.

By Harry Smith

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