I'm not into all that "status" junk, I just want a phone that works. I had a Motorola Q that I liked, but it didn't do everything that I wanted it to, so I swapped it out for HTC's PPC6800. This phone got modified extensively with an updated Bootloader, Radio, and ROM. I thought that the touch screen would be the cat's behind, but alas, it wasn't. It was very difficult to use the slide-out keyboard one-handed, and the on screen keyboard was useless without the stylus.
I started looking at the Curve and liked what I was seeing. US Cellular, my carrier, was close to releasing the Touch Pro. I gave that some consideration, but took a pass when I realized that it would just be a faster version of what I already had.
I'm now going on my third week with this phone, and am liking the 8330 alot. Again, it's not an issue of brand, it is and issue of function over form, at least for me.
Red BB Curve 8330m
v.4.5.138 (Platform 22.214.171.124)