Very impressed with the hardware
I love how at this point in time, what smartphone to get is now coming down to hardware. As we can all assume at this point that whichever one you choose, you're basically getting great software and performance (iphone, android included).
I got my quantum on Friday, and just yesterday I heard that the HD7 is coming to Bell Feb 10. Now, with Bell here in Ontario, they have a "30 minutes talk time or under 15 days return" policy. I'm still within that, so technically I could return this, and get the HD7 when it comes out.
So I was considering it and looked up some in depth hardware reviews on the HD7. Reviews aside, I pretty much had my mind made up to stay with the quantum (even though I barely use the keyboard), simply because I absolutely love the feel and build of this phone. It's solid as a brick. And I actually prefer my phones on the heavy side. It just feels like you're holding something great, instead of a cheap plasticy feeling. The rubber siding, the metal back, feels great in the hand. I came from an Omnia 2, and I don't notice the smaller screen. And the wp7 keyboard is the best I've ever used, hands down. Blows the iOS one out of the water any day of the week. I can type almost as fast on it as I can on a desktop. It's fantastic.
And the HD7 has some bad design qualities that would make me stay away in any case (the crack in the back case, the kick stand not fully closing). Not to mention a lower pixel density that would probably mean a little worse experience visually speaking.
I mean, to each his own, but I just gotta say I am so impressed with the build of this phone, I'll be sticking with it for a long long time.