While I do agree that the current models are a bit large, I think that will change in the future. They are first generation devices. I am sure that over time, the companies that will be manufacturing these devices will figure out how to create a smaller form factor.
I ordered with Play-Asia once. I happen to think my experience with them was good overall. The game I ordered (YS: The Oath in Felghana) came to me in good order. The only problem I have with the game is my inability to beat the final fucking boss! >_<
I am looking forward to Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 2. I played the first game and thoroughly enjoyed it. As such I am looking forward to its prequel so I can learn more about the game's world. I am also looking forward to Ar Tonelico. I hope someone picks the game up for US release, if it hasn't been already.
No they don't. I know of at least one forum that has an excellent collection of smilies. While the default smilies for most boards are indeed awful, I can think of a few custom created smilies that are quite excellent.