I've been using the vista beta at home for a month or so now. My girl friend who knows nothing about ram, gigabytes, graphics cards etc. thinks it is much better.
She likes the mail client, the way it organises folders (read her photograph collection), she likes the tags, she likes IE7 (oh tabs are so great!), she likes the media center.
I know all these features have been around on other operating system and in other programs for sometime, however she (like many other home users) has never seen any of them before. I remember being told to remove firefox because it didn't work with some websites (a missing cookie).
The computer is old and frankly slow, but vista does run faster than XP did.
I found it the easiest version of windows to install and VERY fortunatly it saved all the old windows settings and user documents.
I had a problem installing a print driver, but found a way around that quite quickly. Some applications do not seem to want to install, but Open Office did (which saves me shelling out for Office).
I don't really see the 5 reasons to hate as particularly relevant to most users and eve less so in six months time when drivers and software has caught up.
Windows Vista is actually quite good. My girlfriend says so.