I've personally just got a 9700, and i absolutely love it! i never liked Blackberrys before, not that i ever tried one of them out, i just thought meh,
I've had other phones in the past, iphone, Samsung I8910HD (Symbian) Nokia N95 etc, imo none of those phones even compare to this 9700, it does everything i want it to and more.
BB messenger is... well what can i say.. fantastic.
Never tried an Android phone yet though.
One thing i want on my bb is a NZB usenet client, then it would be perfect.