I don't like these passing reviews from people who don't even own one. I could have slagged off the canon 50-d that I tried in the shop for five minutes, and say that I am not impressed, but I only had five minutes with the thing. The cold white balance? I never noticed this because I was too busy admiring the great results this camera gave me.
The d-90 is definitely not a second-rate camera.
You really shouldn't be so defensive of a review that doesn't heap glowing praise on your camera. Ed's passing review is going to be significantly different (and more valid) from your passing review of a Canon 50D.
1) He's a Nikonian, and he's familiar with Nikon systems. He's not exactly starting from scratch when handling a D90.
2) He's comparing it to the D300, D700 and D3. He uses a full frame camera, though I forget which one.
Don't get me wrong, the D90 is a good camera for the money. However, it's not perfect and Ed is free to air his grievances.