I agree that LR's DAM isn't so hott, I would prefer to work with photomechanic for speed. But, what really won me over was the ease of editing large groups of images, something I am trending toward in my shooting.
Isn't that something you can do quite easily in Bridge?
I agree that LR has little to offer. Photo Mechanic is a better browser and much better at handling metadata. LR lacks a number of image editing tools that I find essential, so I turn to Photoshop for editing. Bridge is better than LR for searching on metadata. IView is better at managing a library of images.
Jeff has a point that you can print a bunch of images at once from LR, but that is something I don't do frequently and I don't like the print controls in LR.
Like Phuong, I just don't get it. LR is a disappointment, especially given the hype and the public beta testing. One must give Adobe high marks for marketing, but LR feels like a beta product that needs another year of work. It also feels as if Adobe doesn't really understand photographic workflow.
I own LR, but just can't find a place for it in my Photo Mechanic, Photoshop, iView workflow. I also don't understand why the clever folks at Adobe can't see the holes in LR. Guess marketing trumps good design once again.