Price isn't important to me because all smart phones (with the exception of Apple) cost $600 when they are brand new. Apples phones cost $700 MINIMUM and go up depending on size (For iPhone 5 $700=16gb, $800=32gb, $900=64gb). I picked my phone (Blackberry Torch 9800) because of BBM (Blackberry Messenger). It allows me to text people who also have Blackberry's by using data. This means I can text people all over the world without any extra charges. I have friends all over the world so this was very important to me.
Now that all phones have apps that do the same thing, I don't need a Blackberry. This is my first smartphone so I don't really have the smartphone mindset. To me, it's like choosing which supercar to buy. Some are better than others, some looks sleeker than others, some cost more than others, some are faster than others, but they are all great to have. I've gone from a Samsung D806, to a Motorola Razr, to a Blackberry Torch 9800.
EDIT: First pic of Torch was 4000x4000 LOL