I REALLY like the first friends list option! SONY should really pay attention to something like that. It really flows with the XMB look and gives a similar functionality that they "attempted" to implement with 3.0
You're probably right, but even if they replaced the ugly bar around the friends lists with that slick black transparent one it would work for me. And I think a lot of the issue is that they have the bar around all of the users, not just the selected one.
i highly doubt it would be any different. i mean, certain games cause the XMB to lag just a tad. displaying a little bit more information on the friends list shouldn't cause it to be any different.
I'm all up for the idea, having despising the blocky Grey friends list, i would have to say it never really bothered me though. but if sony applies a friends list like above, trophies and level shown, then i couldn't say no.