An update became available for the phone yesterday from Verizon. Manually done via the settings/phone/update. You get more VCast apps. Woot. 72 mb is I recall correctly. Plug in your phone. it will use about 45% of available power.
I didn't realize there was an update, but it was a nice surprise when I woke up and found out that the Verizon elves were busy during the night.
My phone runs much better now. Also, my bluetooth headset doesn't crackle when the hotspot is turned on. I will do more testing with that feature, though.