Ha. Great to see this thread is still around, although I haven't been here in a while.
So an update: since I first started this thread, I've used nothing but twists - 4 of them to be exact - every day. But, sadly down to my last functioning one (which is fine for $25 they worked most of 2012 but now 2 won't charge and one has stripped threads). I still think the twist is hands down the best value in vaping for anyone but especially newbies. Combined with a stardust type clearomizer or a vivi nova, one hell of a set up.
That said, since I am down to my last working twist, I ordered a provari last night. Finally pulled the plug. Figured the $50+ I would have to spend to get a few new twists was better spent investing in a mod that should last more than a year. Just got the shipping email tonight so should have it soon.
I was really hoping to get a DNA board mod but suspect 2013/14 will be the year of the DNA.