I am running a rooted DROID 1 and I couldn’t be happier. I liberally overclock, I tether wired, wirelessly (ad-hoc and through Bluetooth).
In fact, I’m so happy that I won’t upgrade until a significant change in technology comes around (not even the mighty DROID X is going to make me switch). Also, I won’t upgrade to a phone until it’s been rooted due to the increasing amount of bloatware coming onto these devices (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/07/bloatware-android-phones/). I see a minimal amount of this on my girlfriend’s DROID X and it makes me want to vomit.
The wireless tether is a great feature and it should be free. I’m paying for ‘unlimited’ data, who cares how I use it? Heaven forbid Verizon gives us a killer reason to brag to iPhone users and compel them to switch. Let us have it free! I think Motorola was given a massive break when Apple and Verizon couldn’t get their acts together and offer an iPhone before Android was a serious competitor. But I’m not on the inside of those deals, so what do I know.
All of this said, I understand why Moto holds back these features from original DROID owners – because the environment is less and less about hardware and more and more about the Market (or app store for those types). Aside from a front-facing camera (which I have issues with) and 4G speeds, I don’t see anything coming out in the next year that would make me want to move away from my precious DROID 1.