Have been craving one of these for some time after seeing the gsmarena review mentioned in the OP. Seriously cool phone - only the Android 2.2 HTC Evo 4G (being released in US on 4 June) might be better but not sure if it would work here.
The HTC Evo 4G is dual band CDMA on the Sprint network :( so won't work, I would be expecting a few more for Verizon, AT&T to come soon though. The battery life on the Evo has been regarded by many as one of the worst however.
Also it's releasing just like the i9000 with 2.1, 2.2 is to come later. Since HTC need to rework the Sense UI to work with Froyo 2.2