Ok, update - FUCKING LOVE IT!
First of all it was an absolute joy to finally bin that heap o shite iTunes software and move to an external device drive solution where you can literally just drag and drop anything you want in to the phone - no Samsung or even third party software required. Being able to browse the shared folders on my home network and stream them on to my phone without downloading the files is a capability every smartphone should have!
Anyway, moving on from the iPhone bashing, it's beautiful. Spent a good portion of the weekend cleaning up the home screens and playing around with various apps, of which are in abundance straight out of the box - GoogleMaps and Navigator (satnav app), Voice command software (send texts or Google search by speaking in to the phone), photo editor's and video makers and the rest I haven't even had time to look at as yet.
The phone itself is BIG. The screen real estate is impressive even if the phone feels a little thin. Some might like the thinness but for someone who drops their phone every couple of months a protective case/pouch is probably one of the first accessories to get. The back of the case I believe has been improved from the Galaxy S backing however still feels somewhat slippery in dry hands making taking pictures with it's back mounted 8MB camera a dangerous exercise.
I haven't really had a chance to experiment with the camera but it seems to handle brightly lit areas well, a problem I had with my 3GS and there appear to be plenty of camera apps available in the Android market for fine tuning the cameras functions.
Anyone unfamiiliar with the Android system will note the incredible ease in downloading/installing apps compared to the shop and drop methods of iPhone. I expected alot of device management settings to pop up when I first went to download something via the phone and wifi but it just did it, immediately. Again when I decided to visit the Adroid market online via the computer and install an app on to my phone it just selected my phone immediately. Absolutely no mess or fuss.
The phone is hella fast. Playing Words with Friends, while listening to tunes and then popping straight on to Weebles.com was nearly as fast as sitting at my home pc. Shit just blazes past as the dual processor eats processes up. I have noticed the phone heating up while multi-tasking but not alarmingly so. Given the horsepower under the hood it's hardly suprising.
So far I can't fault the phone at all! My first Samsung phone purchase seems absolutely dreamy! =P
edit - forgot to mention I have discovered a downside to the phone in that the headset controls seem to rely on more than one button, which fucks up my Sennheiser headset one button functions (double tap and treble tap etc). There may be an app that addresses this but I've yet to find it. Till then I'm stuck with pausing a tune with one tap or forwarding by holding down the button for a couple of seconds.
further edit - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kober.headset&feature=more_from_developer seems to address the headset issue above. Both with the HTC Desire and Galaxy S 2 with one button headphones.