I've had a BB for work for about 2 years. My "New Every 2" with Verizon came up a few days ago so I decided to splurge and get a BB for myself. I bought the 8830 World Addition. I was thinking about getting a Pearl but I wasn't crazy about the keyboard.
So far I absolutely love my BB. The one that I have from work has minimal apps so I never really realized the power they have.