I got a device with a physical keyboard, but once I got Swype, I never used it again. Guess it's different if you're a proficient texter.
I've got a droid 1, not sure how similar/different they are. It's a sturdy phone, I've been impressed. I'm not easy on phones, either- I'm a carpenter, and it seems like whenever I'm carrying something big and awkward, it ends up supported by the phone in my pocket.