This isn't my review, but these are the thought that ran through my head while scanning the PHB.
The writing insults my intelligence. I'm not a sixth grader, but the first page of the book talks down to me as if I am.
I like the dragonborn. Yep, it's true, I like the dragonborn.
I'm pidgon holed!! Painfully obvious, but true. I am pigeonholed. There is just so much Wizards could have done with Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition.
Ah, the Paladin. Captain Moroni fighting for the freedom of his people. Leading the troops. Or a Christian Knight fighting for a clan of goblins, or saving them from a fate worse than death . . . AH . . . WHAT?! THAT DEFIES ALL LOGIC AND PHYSICS!! The Divine Challenge ability. Your reason, and apparently mine, for playing a paladin. Oh the idiocy of it all, I'm reduced to playing a sterotypical paladin that prays at church, is good to other people, is turned into a meat shield, and if he isn't attacked by his enemy his enemy is divinely smited. When I play the paladin, I want to play some romantic paladin in polished, shiny armor that would save damsels in distress and quest for holy grails and be the paragon of virtue. I can't even play a Miles Gloriosus!
Wizards, with powers so fair and so powerful . . . I want to play . . . hey, how come I have only two roles?!? The wizard, born with the ability to use 100% of his brain. Reduced to making war or controlling the battlefield. What happened to the wonder, the romance, the appeal?
Warlords . . . what the paladin could have been.
Powers. Good Idea. I like.
Skill Challenges. Good idea, I like them.
Miniature use. Okay, where are my sissors? I am not going to spend $1,000 on miniatures just for these rules. I'm going to use a different battle mechanic.
Rituals. Finally, some real spells. But why are they in the back?
My Cousin's summary of the game. "4th Edition is exactly like WoW, I'm sorry, but there is no other way to describe the game. You have to play these four roles and there is no way in or out or around it. I'm sorry."
After skimming the book, I have to agree with him. Give me a few days to read the PHB in depth and in detail. But, after reading the PHB, I feel cheated!