I had an unlocked 8525 cingular for about 18 months and loved it. I also had wing that I found on the ground (seriously) for about 2 months before I gave it to my sister, cuz I had an 8525 ofcourse.
I really liked the 8525, and its just like windows xp. The default settings are a little off, but once you tweak it how you want it, the system is awesome.
My switch from the 8525 (older wing model) to the curve:
Things I miss:
Video recording... (Even though I didn't do it that often)
Clearer pictures (even though both had a 2mp)
My bigger keyboard
Meh... Super nintendo, game boy and nintendo... (Some bb 3rd paries really need to get on emulators!)
Being able to make other 3rd party internet browsers my default :(
WOW!!! I almost forgot... I so so so MISS TOUCH SCREEN... (I was a 8 year palm pilot user before the phone so I was very very used to touch)
Things I love with my curve:
Mp3 player is a million times better (but I hate wmp on my computer too haha)
Opera mini you are my god
Having a phone half as thick lol
Having a phone half as heavy
Less lag, but still sometimes lag
The godly mute button (no seriously, it saves my butt at work sometimes haha)
U can email me at
then I can give u my phone number or we can talk via email. Ive was a long time user of windows mobile if u want any more insight. I think I covered just about everything though.