If you dont like fast boot on your desktop is a personal thing. I love this, i hate to wait a minuut for a system to star, im a fast computer user & i like computer to be fast (evenbooting) linux booting fast on home desktop is the right direction to go.. off course we've got sunpend & a terrible hibernate that doest work right. But i like to turn my pc off once in a while.
About syncking your phone, just getan android & you will never need a cable to sync you phone contacts..
you are right about polishing & integration, that why distros are for, thats why Ubuntu kick every other distro asses big time.