I switched from a Bold (for 6 months) to the 8900 in the last few days for one reason, form factor! The better camera is nice, the keyboard I'm used to in 2 days, the extra 256 memory trumps the Bold, but in the hand & pocket it's size shines! And I have size large male hands.
What I miss: the stereo speakers and warmer sound tone.
3G, I don't miss since I don't browse on any(including my 3G iPhone) small screen phones. I just read text, Viigo, etc. and stream Pandora, and Flycast work GREAT over WiFi- and calls still come through.
Stop asking your "government" to do everything for you... or they will own you.