Just thought I'd put an update on.
Much more happy with the Blackberry now I have got used to it. Still not perfect. Some querky syncing going on at times and still no tasks with future date narks but I am really enjoying the good keyboard, the better web surfing, the better camera and many other features. I'm even getting quite good on the rollerball. Now using ActionPad and NextAction! which are pretty good and sync to Outlook.
I will post a separate thread to summarise better.
Have now discarded the Palm!