STORM users probably will never be as fast as hard keyboard users...but I got my wife a Curve and I'm a big Pearl (suretype) fan...I can type fast enough on my STORM to get my point across and I am much faster than my wife on her Curve (but I think that's more because she is new to BB and I'm an old hand) - bottom line is if top speed on a device is your thing, the Curve is probably your best bet. If you want a large screen and many multimedia features, then STORM can't be beat.
"For pretty things that serve no use, the true art finds its tether.
To those who know illumination comes wickless in the nether."
I went from the Curve to the Storm.
I cant type as fast, but I love the other features of the Storm.
I also had a huge satisfaction upgrade when I did and OS upgrade.
If I had to type a huge number of messags, I might move to the Curve, though.
I actually went from a Bold to a Storm. I got pissed off with the software on the Storm, went back to the Bold for a couple of days. Loaded 141/5.0 with the 90 radio file and have been back on the Storm ever since.
Certainly slower to type on and far from perfect. But somehow I prefer the whole touch UI.
I just got my Storm last night from the Curve 8330. I will say that I miss the hard keyboard but I am getting used to the typing on the touch screen. I love to text and do emails but I dont type a book anyhows, just short stuff. It does take awhile to get used to but i LOVE the screen and the pics are gorgeous and everything else. NOT a huge fan of the touch keyboard but I am getting the hang of it now. I will be upgrading the OS tongiht when i get home. The screen is taking awhile to change over from portrait to landscape. That is pissing me off!