Okay the manager at my local VZW, and I can't tell you which one, showed me both the droid and the HTC today. I spent about an hour playing around on both. 1/2 hour each. This is a quick write up and not a thorough review.
first Impression -
Motorola Droid -
looks like it means business..black with gold accent colors.
Wickedly fast, makes the BB look like a tortoise
UI very nice (damnit BB) felt easy to use (yes not as easy as some others but I have used evry single platform during my years)
Call quality was as good as my Storm.
On screen keyboard worked fine, I had no problems typing on it in landscape or portrait.
Pictures are rediculous, insane, purrfect
Why I may not buy it. I couldn't type isht on the slide out keyboard, felt cramped and the nav button would take some getting used to for me. I only used it once, it was just easier to touch the screen for me.
**I didn't try any of the special apps (they don't matter to me)
HTC (Hero) Eries
IMHO I love the look of the phone, little narrower than the S2 but same length (at least it felt that way).
Wickedly fast (I couldn't tell the difference between this and the Motorola)
This one has 7 homescreens and the motorola has only 3, not a deal breaker for me.
Pictures good but not spectacular about on par with the Storm (but I have a d80 for good pics)
typing on this phone was easier for me than on the moto, don't know why.
Phone qualtiy in call was as expected it is verizon you know.
this phone felt familiar, I think this one will require the least learning curve.
Last and not least, Sense UI is the most beautiful thing I have played with on a phone, period.
Could not play with internet on either one.
This is my short write up. I am buying a droid but now I'm not sure about which one.