I think you're right about the "Mom & Pop" consumer and the state of the OS as of today. But I played with an iPad 2 before the TP was out and I just couldn't get over the "Apple Phobia" that I have so I'm pretty sure, no matter how many apps there are, iOS wouldn't be for me - for the reasons you describe and more. So I guess I'm the geek waiting for updates and hoping they come fast and often!
Originally Posted by JillyBean
But I also do want to say that I've had several experiences with HP hardware support/repair (Laptop, TV & Printer) and in my experience, while not at the "Genius" level, they're pretty good with making repairs on warranty (and sometimes even past warranty) issues.
With all that said, I didn't wait because I'm interested in the evolution of the OS (and BB 18 months no interest + 10% off coupons didn't hurt.) Normally, I'd wait for more updates and even a second round of hardware and it's what I'd recommend to anyone that asks me who isn't, um, on the koolaid, or pretty tech savvy at least. Or, I might suggest, if they're in the market for a new phone, to pick up a Pre2 (since their cheap now) and try it out to see how they like the OS.
I don't know if it'll be a week, a month or (gawd, I hope not!) 6 months, but I'm confident the 'glitches' will get sorted out and for me, even with them, I'm really glad I have the thing now. I'm having a blast with it but glad I don't have to depend on it for a while.
-just my 2c.