Webwork - 4:06 am on Jun 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Trav, why don't you "take 10" and do a WhoIs search for 20 or 30 domains of the "top brands" - maybe even brands that have/host multiple websites - and report back on that bit of objective analysis?
I'm not a big fan of "vote for" threads. Everyone has their favorites. Everyone has their reasons, biases, needs, peculiarities, priorities, etc.
And, then there's the matter of Spam-O-Rama threads, where friends of registrars can post "how great" Brand-X-Registrar is.
So, ultimately, the value of "voting threads" can be diminished by a variety of factors.
My $.02? Transfer a few domains to a few registrars and see how the process goes. Use their interface. Call their customer support. See what works for YOU.