I just bought an XD myself this past week. Saturday was my first outing. I have always been a 1911 fan I own a model 70 Colt and a Kimber Target II.
I was a little concerned about the trigger of the XD but really didnt seem to be an issue. At 7 yards my first clip were all inside the center 1" bull with 1 flyer just outside the bull. I only had limited time so I fired 50 at 7 yards and 50 at 15 yards. I was extremely pleased with the XD. Only 100 rounds but not a single hiccup. My wife also fired 12 rounds at 7 yards no cycling issues at all.
I was in your boat last week. I handled about every .40 caliber composite model. Sig, M&P, Beretta Storm, Browning HP, Glock, XD
XD, Storm and Browning made my short list as I really like the natural feel and point of these. Browning HP the hammer was too close to my hand. I could not find anyone locally to try to storm. I really like the feel in the store with the decocker and the trigger pull was one of the better of the group. I shot an XD 45 and after a few friends comments. I went with the XD. I think it was a good choice.
Maybe I will add the PX4 storm to my wish list to Santa. I have a feeling the Storm will also be a fine pistol.