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Re: First time Android purchase help please.
I personally don't have any experience with either of those phones, but I have a decent amount of Android experience so I can at least give you a little help.
The Nexus S is a Google Experience device, meaning that you will be running stock Android. The benefits of this is, like your iphone, you will get Android updates as soon as they come out. The drawbacks of this is that some people feel that stock Android isn't the most user friendly experience, however since Ice Cream Sandwich is about to be released this shouldn't be as bad as it once was.
The Evo on the other hand, has HTC's Sense UI layered on top of stock Android Gingerbread. Benefits are that there is a polish to it that stock Android lacks, also Sense has a lot of Social Networking apps and widgets that does not come with stock Android. Drawbacks are you will probably never see an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, definitely not anytime soon. (my old HTC Droid Incredible was just upgraded to Gingerbread last week, almost a year after Gingerbread was released)
Both devices will not have the battery life that your iphone had, there has been an ongoing switching issue with early 4G devices that drains the battery. I'm not sure if the Ice Cream Sandwich update does anything to fix that issue, so maybe the Nexus S will have an advantage there but maybe not.
Good luck either way you go!