I have litterally "0" experience with touch screen phones. I do have many years of use of Symbian/Nokia smartphones and data connections via that device type. I was essentially running my sleek Nexus with in really minutes. I put it aside to get a full charge which maybe took an hour and a bit. Made TXTs, added contacts, took several pictures (one point I will make is Nokia is way out in front on the camera control and results), got my position and local Google Map. Was frustrated to learn that Adobe is not quite ready for the release of Flash that will allow Google Earth connections.
My first experience with the screen-keyboard left me thinking "Whoops, this isn't as good as one of my Palm Pilots from years ago.. my trick was to discover just a light touch really improved with each try my accuracy. But better yet I was able to create TXTs by using its speech recongition with no flaws! And that is really cool IMHO!
I am about to do a around the world trip stopping for several days at a number of meetings in South East Asian and Middle East countries. I have already asked my hosts to allow me to borrow a local phone number SIM so I will soon discover what is what. I can tell you that I use AT&T and from the get go my Nexus will not get the same access to that net as iPhone; via AT&T the best I can get is Edge.