Well, I decided to bite the bullet and get the extended battery. I was getting about a full day on the regular battery using 3G and, if today is any indication, I will get about a full day on the extended battery using 4G, which I left it on today. That being said, I guess it was a good buy because I'm going to assume I can get close to 2 full days of use while on 3G...and only use 4G when I'm downloading or possibly watching videos or movies (if we ever get Netflix access!). (Up Time is 13:52, Awake Time is 4:24, and battery is at 23%)
So, now I need a new case to accommodate the extended battery.. After doing a lot of surfing and reading, I ended up purchasing the Seidio Active case...seems like a winner for me and I'll post a review when I get it.
As an FYI to anyone who is interested, I found the best price on this case at http://www.cellpower.com. The customer service was excellent before my purchase...very quick to respond to my emails...and I even waited until they got the case in stock before ordering. A very good experience and the best price I could find online!
As a follow-up to my original post...and if it helps anyone else...
I did receive my Active Extended case a week or so ago. It fits like a glove and is very snug in the holster (I bought the Active Extended Combo). I am surprised at how smooth the case feels...almost like it could slip out of my hand...especially with how bulky the phone seems with the extended battery. Maybe it just needs a little time to break in.
Since I already had the extended case, I decided to buy the regular Seidio Active case to use with the standard battery. To be honest, I much prefer the phone this way than with the extended battery. No longer do I feel like I'm carrying a brick in my hand and I think I can live with 3G so my battery lasts longer. I hope the upcoming "update/fix" helps with battery life so I can just use the phone this way all the time...we'll see.
The extended battery and Seidiio extended case will be kept aside and used on days when I know I won't have easy access to a charger...like being in meetings all day...so I guess it was worth spending the money to have them...just wish I didn't have to spend it.
As with the extended case, I ordered it through http://www.cellpower.com - another great experience. And, the regular Seidio case fits the holster that came with the extended case...a nice little plus!
Hope this helps!