Hi everyone! I'm reasonably new to the entire world of smartphones, and very new to the whole Android experience! With that said, please bear with me if I stumble a bit in my infancy! Currently, I have a Motorola Razr V3a and am on the Alltel network. My 2-year contract with them expires in early March of this year and I will be jumping ship to Verizon and joining the Android Nation! Needless to say, I am quite excited and have been browsing the forums ad nauseum! In my month or so of extensive smartphone research, I have all but narrowed my selection down to the HTC Droid Eris. It seems to have all that a decent smartphone has to offer - and then some - especially to a newbie like me. However, I have heard and read all about the horror stories of the Eris' 1300mAh stock battery, but I'd probably buy a 1750mAh Seidio extended battery unless I am told otherwise by you more seasoned, well-versed Droidians out there. It seems as though the new HTC phones are coming thick and fast this year and I am not foolish enough to keep waiting forever for the "next big thing" that's on the horizon. However, I am only human, and remain very enticed to wait for the HTC Passion/Bravo/Dragon (whatever Big Red wants to call it ) and/or the Nexus One (having heard of a March 23rd date for the N1 to hit Verizon). I'd be more inclined to get the Passion however, as I am a bit wary of getting the N1 and then having no local support should I need it. But are these options "too much" phone for a first timer? Am I getting ahead of myself? Here's a summary of what I have boiled my criteria down to: 1) I'll be on the Verizon network. 2) From all that I have read, the Android OS seems to be the future. 3) I really am liking the HTC line of phones, and everyone seems to love the Sense UI. 4) A snappy processor would be nice, but I am not one to want to "root" my phone just for the sake of gaining another millisecond or two in speed. I'd just like for it to stay as fast as can be expected over time. 5) I don't plan on downloading a ton of apps - but I'm sure others have said that before. I have been quite impressed with the wealth of knowledge in the forums - you guys rock! My next step now is to hear what all of you have to say and what advice you can dispense with all of your smartphone & Android experience. Is the Eris the best selection for a newbie like me? Any other current HTC phones to consider? Should I wait for the Passion to finally emerge? Would the Nexus One be a good choice? Like I said, I have a month or so before I will take the plunge into your world, and any words of wisdom that you can impart will be greatly appreciated! Much thanks to all!