I've had the droid since day 1. My wife has a regular phone but is looking to move to a smartphone, and we are locked in with Verizon (and I hate ATT/Iphone anyway). In particular she likes the idea of the Google Maps with Nav for when she travels, and she uses gmail as her personal mail and I am all google these days so for me its a no-brainer to go with an Android phone. The droid is probably too big/bulky for her....droid X even bigger. Incredible would be OK, but we are going to either pay full retail or buy off eBay so Ally is a more affordable option by far. I've read about signal loss and killing the battery which is a concern. I am aware of the exchange issues but that isn't going to matter....neither is upgrades or memory as she's not going to be gaming or downloading lots of apps anyway. So the question is, is the Ally a "safe bet", or is it going to be problematic and not worth the hassle?