I was pretty set on getting the D2G because of the physical keyboard...which is why I got the OG Droid from the Omnia. The virtual keyboard was crappy in the Omnia.
I really thought the no physical keyboard was a deal breaker-I have been reading the forum and visited the Verizon store near where I work. My Brother has the DX and I've played with it a lot-I LOVE the size of the display. The manager at the Verizon store said that the Verizon regional phone rep came in last week and demo-ed the Thunderbolt. The manager had a DX and said the keyboard layout was far better and he had no problem typing quickly and accurately with his ham-hands. I never thought I would have a problem with spacing as I'm a woman, but more with responsiveness of the keys. I hate having to re-type because of keys not registering correctly or at all.
I've had an HTC phone before (XV6800) and I really liked it. It was a replacement for the Sammy I730. So I wouldn't mind getting HTC again.
I like the idea of the custom ROMs-I did that a lot with WM. I really want the Hotspot capability. I wire tether now using the app from our friends at June-fabrics. Having it wireless and being able to share it when necessary is a must-have.
I also went to BB and they said that they would have the Thunderbolt as an exclusive item for 2 months! But I couldn't get it there because I'm using my annual upgrade and not a NE2. The person I spoke to wasn't a manager just a sales person, so not sure how much they really knew. The Manager at VZW said they hadn't been told a solid date but the phone rep did say "toward the end of February, so the launch of the iPhone doesn't overshadow the launch Thunderbolt"-since it's the first of the 4G phones.
So waiting again until it's finally released at VZW-hopefully soon........