My neighbor just got his Samsung in today. I reccomended it to him due to everyone being so gung-ho about it.
Well here goes:
1. First turn on - problems already! We unplugged and then turned it back on, but this time it worked.
2. The Picture looked pretty damn swell. Very natural. Very sharp. Very accuracte colors. I don't know if it was mentioned in here though, but this thing has some ridiculous SDE which had me headscratching.
3. I brought my HD1000u over. We did a side by side and we both preffered the HD1000u not for the basis of picture, but alas we are flexible people and to put it in real world terms:
We felt as if the difference in picture didn't compensate enough for the versatility for the HD1000u. The HD1000u had ZERO SDE. The HD1000u was also plenty accurate, and had some nice overall smoothness. In contrast, the Samsung was sharper, not quite as bright, but shot a pretty damn dark black.
This is just two guys, YMMV, but if you own an HD1000u or HD70 or any of the recent sub 1k projectors, the difference in picture is not really "there" unless you have them side by side. I guess what I'm trying to say is, this is a great projector for a particular audience, and if you are in that target group (PURE HT purists with High Gain screens) - then you found yourself something to audition. As for me and my neighbor, we like to play videogames, watch movies, and occasionally watch the football game (and will be watching WWE in HD this january) - so the projector is a No-No for us.
So in conclusion-
HD1000u - Wins out in Brightness, relatively no SDE, smoothness, portability (the samsung is a behemoth!), and functionality
Samsung - Wins out in sharpness, SLIGHTLY more natural color accuracy, and a better black
Oh and my HD1000u has 600 hours on it for reference.