Was really disappointed when I first started it up and it wasn't the XMB. Makes sense because of the touchscreen though.
After a while with it, I actually really like it. You're able to customise the backgrounds and organise the icons however you want, so you can make it look pretty sweet if you put some time into it. Square tiles are about the only thing I wish it had.
A weird curiosity - Have localization teams ever forgotten to add the U's to your games? Or messed up other things that differentiate my side of the pond from yours? Just a weird question that came to mind while reading this.
All the fucking time. Even British developers tend towards American localisation, because it's a bigger market for them.
On-topic: Haha, fuck my fellow Europeans. I'm in Canada right now and I've already gotten half a day out of it. Would kill for some proper fucking tea though, so you've got that on me. :(