Praise for the all-powerful Jesus phone.

A hush then fell over the multitudes. And the almighty Lord spake, saying: “An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator….these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone!”

There was much rejoicing.

It’s seems like an eternity since the Jesus phone was released last January. Yet, finally, a full year later, I’ve got one.

And, in the words of the Almighty, “it is good.”

Truly, there are few interface shortcomings, but otherwise, the device is verily slick and game-changing. Regardless of what you think about Apple Inc’s business practices, or level of greed, you have to admit that they make the best, most usable technology products out there.

The iPhone is so good, I would now probably buy one even if I had to pay for it (and the service) myself. And that’s saying something coming from a guy who loves the infinitely more affordable VirginMobile pay-as-you-go plans.

Of course, once I got my shiny, slippery new gadget, I protected it immediately with Invisible Shield, a film-like coating the military puts on helicopter blades to protect them from airborne debris.

In no time, my fragile iPhone was swathed in rubbery, scratch-resistant pseudo-armor. Impervious to everything, except the sudden introduction of the new 16GB model safely within my ’30-day return for a full refund’ window.

D’oh.