I really like my HTC Trophy. But that being said usually when people ask me about a phone they have requirements that prevent me from suggesting wp7.
Even though many people don't really get why they need 4G, Verizon's advertising is making a non 4g phone a hard sell.
If they have used and liked an iphone or andriod phone before the change is too much for many people, especially if a favorite app is not available for wp7 yet.
Bottom line is if they want an Accura and you talk them into an Audi they probably will be annoyed by the differences.