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Apple iPhone launch: Should you buy now?

Apple's iPhone is released today. Should you care?

Anyone with even a remote interest in technology will know that today sees the official UK release of Apple's iPhone. This means UK users will finally be able to see what all the fuss is about, and get their hands on the most-hyped technology product of 2007. We've put together the ultimate iPhone guide to help you decide if the iPhone is worth your attention - and cash.

We've been tracking the progress of the iPhone since it was announced at Macworld in January, and have had a number of chances to play with Apple's handset over the past few months. Usually, when a product is launched amid such high expectations, it fails to deliver on the hype. However, the iPhone is widely regarded by those who have used it as a major breakthrough for portable video, music, internet and telephony – all in one compact device. Visit PC Advisor's Mobile Advisor website for reviews of the latest mobile phones.

From today, you'll be able to get your hands on one for £269, with O2's monthly tariffs costing £35, £45 and £55. But should you upgrade now?

We've put together the ultimate iPhone guide to help you make the decision.

Apple iPhone review

Apple iPhoneWe've been updating our iPhone review on a regular basis since we first played with the device in January. So our latest iPhone review brings together several months of experience with Apple's handset – based on usability studies in the US, and the features exclusive to the iPhone in the UK.

See our up-to-date iPhone review to find out how its touchscreen interface revolutionises the way users control mobile phones, how the internet and telephony features stand up to the rigours of everyday use and, ultimately, whether the iPhone is worth the £269 asking price.

Unlock the iPhone

As soon as the iPhone became available in the US, hackers started working out how to unlock the device so it would work with operators other than AT&T.

Hackers near to unlocking iPhone

Free Apple iPhone unlock hack released

UK firm close to unlocking the iPhone

Free Apple iPhone unlock hack released

Numerous iPhone hackers claim to have been successful, although Apple has insisted it will stay ahead of the game and ensure the device can only be used with the mobile carriers it picks (See - Jobs: We will stop UK iPhone hacks)

The 10 most ridiculous iPhone stories so far

Technology fans have been following the progress of the iPhone intensely since January, eager to read the latest news, however quirky. We've picked out the oddest iPhone stories over the past few months, from the man who apparently had his thumbs surgically narrowed to help him save time while typing on the iPhone, to the man who claimed 'my iPhone almost killed me'. See our strangest iPhone stories.

Visit PC Advisor's Mobile Advisor website for reviews of the latest mobile phones.

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