I've been wanting to get a touchscreen phone for about a year now and I can't seem to pull the trigger on any of them. For about 6 months I followed the Pre and had myself convinced that would be the one, but then when it finally came out I found the screen to be way too small and the keyboard felt crappy. Then I was thinking of an Android phone and briefly considered the mytouch, but it just didn't seem polished enough for me. Then along comes the Hero..I went so far as to pre order one from Best Buy, but when I went in to the store the Saturday before it was released to play with one it just didn't grab me enough. I realize the demo models are pretty much crippled in terms of performance, so it really wasn't a fair judging. One of the main things I've been hoping for is a phone with a decent sized screen. When I say decent, I mean iphone sized. My only real experience with touchscreens has been playing with a couple of friends' iphones, and I have to say that to me it set the standard for what I want in a phone. The size of the screen, which I guess I can compromise on, but also the feel of utilizing the touch screen and its smoothness of operation. I don't want a phone that just out-does the iphone at what the iphone doesn't do well, or at all, such as multi-tasking. I want a phone to do what the iphone DOES do well just AS GOOD as the iphone. The feel, the polish, the smoothness of operation, etc. Touch screens have been around long enough now that I don't buy the old excuse that the iphone had such a big head start any more. The phone manufacturers and OS developers have had plenty time to catch up. So, since I keep waiting for the latest and greatest, now I'm looking to see what happens with the Acer, Xperia, MAYBE the sholes, and all the other hot android phones coming out. I've even been eye balling the HD2, but that might be TOO big, and prob out of my price range. Yeah, I know, WinMo. I don't wanna pay more than 200 with a new contract. And maybe I'm being unrealistic about my expectations and the Hero is the best I'm gonna get for my price range anytime within the next few months. So, I guess the point of my post is if I'm patient enough to wait til the first of the year do you think I'd end up with a much better phone in the same price range in terms of what I'm looking for, or would I just continue chasing a ghost and I'd be better of just getting the Hero now and a year or 18 months from now see what Sprint has to upgrade to?