Are Granite Countertops a good Choice?

I recently installed Granite counter tops in my own kitchen because of their unique beauty and style.  Granite is one of the hardest materials found in nature and is a good one and is very popular right now.  It is somewhat porous and requires sealing once or twice a year.  This is a relatively simple process that is not costly and does not require a specialist to apply.  Based on the pros and cons of the other choices, marble, Formica, glass, cement to name a few; I decided on granite.  The next decision is the backsplash, which has been much more difficult because the choices are endless.