Apple is doing a lot to drive the market and consumer expectations. Google, Motorola, HTC and the carriers are right behind Apple, doing the same. A lot of people now want phones with slick touch interfaces that run cool new apps. That's reality.
For those that don't, a BlackBerry is a fine choice.
You may be in the latter group, but the first group includes a whole lot of people.
I hope this review gives both groups the info they need to make an informed decision.