After reading the posts on this forum and doing some research online I decided to order my first folding bike today from my local bike shop. I ordered a 2009 Giant Halfway. I can't wait until it comes in next week!
I own an older Giant Halfway. It's a good bike, but there are some issues with it. The main issue is it's not really upgradeable. That said, if your interests are mostly casual riding and easy storage, the bike works extremely well for that.