well, i took the plunge. thanks for the feedback guys. i got a t616. all i can say is : "cool". i'm by no means a veteran in the whole cell phone scene. i haven't had all the cool phones. but, i like this one a lot (granted, my old phone sucked which has lowered my expectations). i love that my connections seem to be clearer, it's not a flip phone, and most of all.... bluetooth! my first iSync over bluetooth was a wonderful experience - worth the price of admission.
perhaps tomorrow i'll play with the built-in camera a bit :)