So i have an 8300 (obviously) and i have been wanting to play with the 8500 for while now since my friend recently got it this week. I was in the mall and stopped at the verizon kiosk and asked the guy if they had any floor models. He pulled out this beautiful toy i wanted to run off with! Wow that 8500 is SLICK! Very nice feel and i love love love the touch sensitive keys! The UI is very cool too...i wish i coulda played with it some more but i had somewhere to be I also really like the extra softkeys placed on the side of the phone and that there are menu buttons on the screen so you dont have first look at the buttons etchings to figure out what purpose they serve!