From a features standpoint, the Lumia 920 is a better phone. Higher res display, Pureview Camera, OIS, and a better finish.
I don't think it's right to savage the 920. It's a great phone, but it may not be the best phone for everybody.
When they first announced the 820 and 920, I liked the feature set on the 820 better personally. Didn't have all the bells and whistles, but it had a lot of them. I do take photos on my phone, but I'm not an avid photographer. So while I think the Pureview and the OIS are really awesome things that help to make the 920 the best overall phone on the market today, it is not the best overall phone for me.
I also am on Verizon, but even if the 920 were available now on Big Red, I wouldn't get it. The 822 fixes the two things I didn't like about the 820: It has Gorilla Glass 2 and it has 16GB storage instead of 8GB.
So with the 822 I still get a pretty good camera that probably can hang with the 8X and is just as good as what's on the Lumia 900, I get microSD expansion up to 64GB for now (SDXC can go higher on spec, so the phone should be able to take cards that are bigger when they are available), and I get the Nokia exclusive apps. For me it's a win-win-win.
And I love my Xbox (formerly Zune) Music Pass. 32GB would be a lot of space, but if I want to download the whole US map, that'll eat up 2GB. I would still have space for music on a trip (and I don't want to go crazy streaming or pulling stuff down off the 4G connection since I'm on a metered plan), but with 64GB I would have space for music and a few movies - and be able to swap things out when I was on a wifi connection or just fill up one SD card with movies and another with music and hot swap them.
I can understand why someone would like the 810/820/822 better. I think the Lumia 920 is a more advanced phone, but it's not a better phone for me. But if photos are your thing, there is no equal to the 920 and what it is capable of. Same for video.
Truth is that we're getting a round of GREAT phones with WP8 to start. The quality is there and there's not a loser in the bunch when it comes to the launch devices.