I used the Extreme Angels books during a recent trip to the Tower and Needles. My opinion:
Pros: * Clear. * Well laid out, routes easy to find. * Tear-out cards were handy for a Tower-newby like me. Nice laminated coating too, so they didn't wear out with my sweating. * Stories and history were interesting. * Full color is pretty sweet. * Rather fun and fresh, at least at first. Very eye catching.
Cons: * Heavy, thick pages. * Lots of wasted space from unnecessary art, giant topos that could easily be reduced in size, and just plain empty space. The Needles book has a 7 page index that can easily fit on a single page. * Wasted space and thick pages mean unnecessary bulk and weight. I believe these books could be 1/3 of their present size without any loss in clarity. * Old photos didn't do justice to the areas. Sure, a few historical photos are cool, but how many butt shots do you need? The photo reproduction looks grainy and flat, not cutting edge as its price would suggest. These areas have been beautifully photographed by amazing photographers, so it's not due to lack of material. * Wacky art was a novelty, but it wore off. Much of it is unrelated to climbing. After a while, I was just wishing that that space was used for rad and inspiring route photos. * I couldn't buy the Tower guide at the NPS shop at the trailhead. (I was told this was because it has "porn". I'm not affended, but apparently some people are.) * In the case of Needles -- frustratingly incomplete. When you summit one of the spires and see all those cool-looking routes around you, it sucks that they aren't in the guidebook. The book also has mostly moderate routes -- 5.10 and under. Where are all the classic hard routes?
With the ultra-thoroughness of Dick and Todd's offerings (and in such a small, portable size too), it's difficult to understand why the Gunks needs another guidebook. Having said that, I placed my order because I'm curious.