Thank you JD. I'm in Halifax too!
I got a Vox for Xmas and returned it for the 16GB Arc and I LOVE it. ( I'm an iPhone user too.) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Arc to anyone; in fact I have already done exactly that. Expecially for $199, it's very, very impressive. I would also recommend the SleepCover; although it is pricey, it is very useful and improves the user experience even more.
My wish list would be direct USB thumbdrive connectivity, and internet access via sync. I under stand the omission of the card slot since formats change so quickly ; look at SD for example. But USB OTG ( On The Go) would be useful.