Hey Gino! Sorry you're suck until March, VZW let me use my one upgrade for the Droid. Maybe by then an even better phone will be out for you.
Most of the controls are virtual on the touchscreen and it all depends on what app or function you're in. The Menu hardkey on the bottom is very handy for most situations.
At least the Droid has a "slide to unlock"... something we Dare owners have been screaming about for over a year!
Answering a call is a two-step process: the phone powers on when a call comes in. You can either slide left on the touchscreen to reject the call, or slide right and then answer it. Speakerphone, dialpad and end call are all touchscreen.
The power button really isn't all that, except for putting the phone to sleep when you're done with it. I NEVER turn it completely off.
Hope this helps. I miss my Dare for one thing: music in CD order. Droid hasn't gotten that fixed yet but I'm hopeful about a future update.