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I use a Pre Plus, and I've played with the Aria. Both are great phones, and I think it really comes down to which OS you'd prefer.
webOS is really just great. Elegant, customizable, and user-friendly. The cards are just really, really awesome. Not to mention using the gesture area is just so appealing. I couldn't think of clicking a button to go back anymore. :P It also has a great community.
Android, however, is awesome as well. MUCH more customizable than webOS or any other OS out there, widgets, rooting, and all that jazz. Also has great community.
Another big thing: keyboard. If you can get used to typing on a touchscreen keyboard (I just hate it), then this shouldn't be an issue. Of course, the Aria's smaller size would be another hurdle, but again, nothing you can't learn to use. The Pre Plus has a great keyboard, and it's physical, so that's automatically a plus to a lot of people.
The hardware on the Pre Plus has very much improved over the Sprint Pre. Any complaints about hardware issues are more or less centered in the Sprint pool, as they've been stuck with the original Pre's shoddy hardware. The Pre Plus has basically been fixed of anything wrong with it, though I'm not 100% sure on how fixed. I haven't heard too many bad things about it, though, and mine's holding up just fine.
As for the battery, the Pre's is... pretty bad. After a few uses, it teetered out to being at around 20% at the end of the day--everyday. That's not bad, but it won't last you long enough for the next day, so it'll require a full charge overnight.
One thing to mention about the Pre is that it honestly gets pretty hot. I was in a conversation on the phone for 40 minutes, and I swear, that thing heated up to where I had to move it to my other cheek to give myself a break. I don't talk much, though, so it's not a big deal, but still.
Of course, I didn't experience the Aria for a full day's use, so I wouldn't know its battery issues. It's a sad fact regardless, though: You get a smartphone, and you're going to suffer with draining batteries.
Either way, like I said, it comes down to OS, to be honest. They both have basically the same insides, it's just your preference after that. I love my Pre, but I know a great phone when I see it, and the Aria is just that.
P.S. Not much of a plus, but hey--the Pre has the Touchstone charger, as well. I don't have one, I don't see a need for it, but some people swear by that little thing.