Sad to say, I usually respect Ed's views on a lot of things, but he didn't even give this phone a chance. For the techie that he claims to be, he sure seems to want simplicity (read: handholding) when it comes to a phone. Android is like an automobile or a computer; many different varieties and you can customize it to what YOU want on the vehicle/device. I have over 110 apps on my Droid X, and I think I use the battery MORE because of the screen size. Since I know I use it more, I got the extended battery. I kill my battery because there's so much to do and the larger screen actually keeps me off of the main pc more.
No, the screen size isn't for everyone, but at 5' 4", it still goes into my pocket and fits into my medium sized hands quite nicely. Also, I've had the original bad boy Droid 1 and I still have an HTC Incredible (but it hardly ever sees usage). The Droid X is what I was waiting for. I miss a keyboard, but the screen real estate more than makes up for that.
Now let's put a dual core processor in a phone this size, and that will be my next device.