I've been looking at getting a smart phone, I'm planning on moving to New Zealand (for up to a year), moving in about three months.
So my most important thing for a new smart phone is GPS and maps. Most of my emailing will be from my desk top computer.
(my current cell phone provider is ATT)
So what is recommended?
My wife and I are actually on two separate carriers and on Friday she got the Torch while on Saturday I got the Epic. Having messed around with both phones, both have good things and both have a few things that need work. Blackberries do have better battery life in general over Android, but the app selection for BB is not very impressive. If apps aren't all that important to you, the only thing I can suggest is go to an AT&T store and mess around with the various phones and see which one really works best for you.