The move to the latest release of Cordova, 1.6.1, proved difficult. See this thread. In order to work around some flaws in that release it was necessary to move to the latest release candidate, 1.7.0rc1, which worked much better and resolved the issue discussed in the thread above. I think as developers we just need to give the maintainers of Cordova some time to work out the kinks created when PhoneGap became Cordova. Of course, that will mean some late nights for us all.
Overall, Cordova makes it easier to attempt to support the many smartphones available today. It is a nice companion for the developer who is trying to take a Web centric approach in their development of mobile applications as is being done at GeoSyncracy. (How to move to Cordova (Android) is here.)