I may be in the minority but I am actually looking forward to this over the HTC 8X with Verizon. I've seen the 8X and 820 at at@t and I like this series more. I'm not crazy about the bright colors and lack of tactile buttons with the 8X. The fact that this has a memory card slot and removeable battery makes this a winner for me.
I just dont know about the SD slot and the windows platform. I have been working with them for a while now and still dont feel confertable with add external memory to my windows phone. I hope that this has changed for good for everyone.
This is the first time I've had an SD card on Windows Phone too. It seems to work just fine if you set the settings right for new content. It's not like Android though where you can browse the card from the phone but it seems to work well.