thanks everyone for the input. when it comes to android phones, i tend to gravitate to the htc models. they just seem to have a better build quality and far less buggie than other brands. all your comments seem to support my thoughts.
you all seem so happy with the inspire, i might just get phone envy after she gets it. :-) i'm sure tmo has the same phone under a different name, so it might be a good trial run to finally replace my n1. i love the n1, but would just like a bigger screen.