Re: Help me pick out a new phone!
The Tilt has this kind of feeling to it that makes it look like one of those power-suit types of phones. It has GSM, 3G and Wi-Fi all in one...plus a lot of buisness like features. I think it uses Windows Mobile 6, yes? Then you'll be able to use Word, Excel and other programs with it. It's very much like a PDA if you look at all the features. Personally I think it's a bit too much for me...
As for the BlackBerry, I used to think they were like that too. Clunky and too formal for my needs. Then I bought the 8310 Curve and it totally blew away all the stereotypes I had for it. The push email service is nice, you can link your personal email (Yahoo!, GMail, Hotmail etc.) or if you work for a company that has a private enterprise email server, you can link it to that too. The media player on the 8310 is very nice...nothing like the iPod or Zune, but it works very well, and sometimes that's all you need. A plus about BlackBerries is that they don't restrict you to using 2.5mm headphone jacks or proprietary jacks like most phones do. You get the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and you can use any headphones you want to listen to music and whatnot.
Music and video playback is very good for a mobile phone and it comes packaged with the RIM Desktop Manager which has Roxio for BlackBerry included, so that handles all the converting. The RIM OS is very well made, it's not as formal as Windows Mobile, but it's very user friendly and easily modified with your own applications. Also speaking of apps, the BlackBerry has a GREAT 3rd party community, so you'll find tons of applications that suit your needs. As for good browser, the normal BB browser isn't that great, but you can just download Opera Mini 4 for free and that'll handle all your browsing needs. The only downside for me is that RIM has yet to adopt 3G for any of their phones, so your only option is AT&T's EDGE network, though the 8320 Curve (T-Mobile) does have Wi-Fi. It's not terribly slow unless you're visiting a website heavy with pictures, only then the EDGE network starts to show its age compared to 3G.
As for camera, the 2.0 Megapixel camera on my Curve is pretty decent. Nothing mindblowing, but for what you get it's pretty darn good. Just be happy with anything around the 2.0 Megapixel range. Unless you buy something like the Nokia N95, you won't get anything better.
Trust me though, go to a Cingular store or something and see if they have a working demo unit of the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve or 8800. They fantastic phones with great features and capabilities, not to mention the user community to back it up. Give it a whirl and see if it suits your taste.