After tinkering with more software keyboards of late (loving Super Keyboard) I've decided I'm ok to finally put my toes in the keyboard-less waters. I'd really rather not have to mess with rooting/ROMs. The only reason I ever bothered with that in the first place was for wifi-tethering. But FoxFi (which doesn't work on HTC devices) negates that.
I almost pulled the trigger on the Photon last week on CowBoom when it was around $180. I'm glad I waited though as they had the Epic Touch marked down to $220 today. My (mostly stock) Epic experience has been great and most things seem to indicate the Epic Touch is more of the same, but better. I won't have LTE in my market for at least another year anyway (still don't even have WiMax) so I'm just going to hold on to my upgrade credit and use it later on.