I just bought a new Verizon phone last week and spent considerable time researching and agonizing over the decision. Contrary to what all of the advertising might lead you to believe, the Verizon phone with the highest customer satisfaction in 2010 is the Blackberry Storm 2. I had a storm 1 when they first came out and they were junk. The storm 2 is a MUCH improved device. I am very happy with my purchase. First and foremost, it has excellent phone functions and reception. It has good text messaging capabilities in remote locations.
I personally would stay away from Android phones. I had a HTC Droid Eris that died 6 months after I bought it. (Another $450 down the drain.
) The OS is buggy, crashes frequently, and tends to hang up. It also dropped a lot of calls. The data on the Android phone is not very secure. Android shares a lot of info with 3rd party apps. Android seems to rely heavily on the GPS/Phone signal. If you get into remote locations, say 5 miles east of Bill, WY, you have some phone signal but because it has difficulty geo-locating you the phone will not function very well. I have an employee that bought a Motorola Droid and experienced the same issues. She returned it for a BB Bold 9650. Maybe if you never leave the city limits Android would be okay, but for my work I needed something MUCH more reliable.
I also considered the new BB Bold 9650. The only reason I didn't buy one of those is I couldn't read the keys without putting on my reading glasses. I can read the keys on the Storm 2 without my reading glasses. http://www.phonerated.com...phones.php
[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr (7/6/2010)]