I am considering the HTC Aria, I found one that has already been updated to the 2.2 Froyo operating system (yes, I am aware that this means you can't "root" the phone).
I have a Blackberry Bold 9000 attached to an AT&T Prepaid account with the $20 unlimited MEdia Net service, it runs just fine on it (other than not accessing things that require a BIS--e.g, Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry "push" email, other apps that require the BIS).
Last Friday I purchased an LG Optimus V (with 2.2 Froyo) for using on a Virgin Mobile account, I returned it today due to constant & never-ending data outage problems. I got used to the Android 2.2 Froyo OS and downloaded these apps to the device:
~AK Notepad (catch.com) for memos/notes (which I use a LOT)
~Opera Mini 5.1 (now 6)
~iPhone Keyboard Emulator (Sixgreen Labs)
~Advanced Task Killer (Rechild)
~Meebo IM (free version, you can Facebook chat by using the Jabber protocol on it, something I learned via Beejive on BB)
All were "market" apps, not 3rd party, sideloaded etc.
I am considering the HTC Aria, which seems to be a similar phone to the LG Optimus V, as I could use this on my AT&T account I already have (apparently anyway).
A couple of questions:
*My LG Optimus V just had a "stock" Android interface, I've read about the "HTC Sense" interface that the HTC Aria has (with 2.1). Would it still have this with the 2.2 update? Is it a good or bad thing? (I have read it can't be removed.)
*The optical trackpad--I assume this would allow me to scroll within a webpage, maybe scroll to links & select them that way, allow me to scroll & select emails in a list etc? If so that would be a huge plus (the LG Optimus V didn't have this), as I am used to being able to "scroll & select" on my Blackberry (especially with small items, I might "mis-touch" otherwise)
*Would the sideload application still work here, allow you to "sideload" apps outside of the market? (All of the 6 I used on my LG were market apps, however.)
*What are the odds that one day AT&T might "catch up" and disable the unlimited Internet I have, which is supposed to really be for an old flip phone? (For 3 years I've ran it on a Palm Treo 650, 680, Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Bold--all with no issues.) The fact is, the AT&T representative who did the initial account activation actually set it up that way on purpose.
Any other tips?