Two words described the distro -- fast and elegant.
I first ran the live CD in Qemulator under Natty, but I knew the video drivers were holding me up so I wrote out a USB drive for it and rebooted. Even running from the drive, everything is extremely responsive. It works as expected.
- Limited, very consistent applications
- Midori is awesome and is all that I wanted Epiphany to be for years
- Postler only asks for your e-mail address and password to set up common mail options. Amazing and easy
- Looks amazing and the applications take up little vertical space
- Abiword and Gnumeric instead of OO.o or LO
- Traditional GNOME app menu
- I like that the Elementary devs have standardized on Vala and GTK+
- Postler had trouble connecting to my GMail account and gave no feedback for about fifteen minutes
- Dexter doesn't use my webmail coontacts
- Empathy's setup screen isn't at Postler's level yet (and why should I have to input my GMail account again?
- Inconsistent configuration options for the non-eOS apps. I assume that they will be modified later
- Midori lacks installed extensions (edit: open the sidebar to find them) and doesn't work with some web apps (e.g. Picasaweb)
- There is a lot of turmoil about the installed apps and that has to be getting in the way of work