Great pick. Suggest getting the matching flip case from Nokia as it makes it more durable and grippy. The current handset does feel rather slippery but the design is top notch.
I don't get how you say they are circling the drain. The stock price is up; the market seems to be rallying behind them. The analysts are reporting sellouts in markets around the globe....
I prefer the alternative, windows phone.
Re: Android is everthing:
I think the more accurate reading would be it's Samsung or Apple, there are no other viable Android competitors...
Love your first impressions. "Norton Internet Security" was a big huge NO for me too. Love to hear how your performance tests go.