I spent more time today tracking down apps. I guess my frustration stems from thinking of it in terms of a phone with features as opposed to a product of a natural progression of PDAs or HPCs with a phone program installed among any number of other programs. I appreciate the different perspective I'm getting here.
Part of my frustration stems from the implications of certain pre-installed apps (that can't be uninstalled). The inclusion of these apps suggest that certain common behaviors associated with cell phone operation have carried over to the this next generation of handheld computer.
I had to install several apps in order to accomplish bluetooth connectivity with voice activated dialing that verbally requests number or contact verification over the headset before placing the call hands-free. I even had to install another voice recognition app.
I have two weeks. I'm going to look over the forums for suggestions regarding third party extended batteries and BT earpieces. I understand not all BT units are compatible. If the apps I installed for handsfree voice dialing work out with a new BT earpiece maybe I'll keep it and be amazed at all the other cool stuff it can do.
Thanks again for the insight and perspective.