I have seen people say "it's not a big deal," "I will never use it," "who cares." I finally logged back in (it's been a while) to say that it is a big deal - and it will matter. Here is the future: November: New version of android is coming... be it 2.3/2.5/ or 3.0. This new fancy version will be the thing to push android past apple in the design/UI department. (Thank you ex-Palm OS designer!) November: A couple great phones launch between black Friday and January. These phones have CPU's and tech like you haven't dreamed of, Front facing cams, and are LTE ready. It will be a big step forward. I am curious how battery life will handle the rumored dual core CPUs. About the same time frame: Verizon launches LTE. This may or may not be a fast roll-out. Front facing cams will be the norm for high end phones once LTE is launched. It will be a distinguishing feature - it will be a tangible difference in user experience between 3G and 4G. This feature will be made all the better with the new UI, the amazing tech, and the new network. The iphone4 launched with a FFC b/c apple launches just one iphone per year and it needed to be able to keep pace with all the sweet tech coming out this holiday season. Verizon and android can afford to wait since they have a quality new phone every couple months. (the verizon iphone rumors fit well here. if a verizon iphone is launched in january with LTE and a FFC - it will not have any hardware advantage over the At&t product - i am sure this is key for maintaining a happy-ish At&t) The problem for us android supporters on Verizon is that we will buy new phones this summer and they will be out of date faster than at&t iphone4 buyers b/c the iphone4 is ready for the generation leap that is coming. This summer's android phones are not ready. A front facing cam would help with future proofing our summer purchases. This is compounded by the fact that we will be locked into new contracts at least until summer 2011 - and that is a long 6 months to be without the latest and greatest (we gotta be honest - we all like being at the bleeding edge if we are posting on a phone forum)! So, I am trying to decide if I should wait until Nov. to upgrade... and deal with my vx6900 for 5 MORE MONTHS! or deal with being behind the curve on network, hardware, and features for half a year... tough call, but i predict that video calling will be all the rage when LTE launches. the Skype partnership was made for a reason. i personally can't wait.