I think that it is a nice alternative! While is have still seen low (4.88) geared 44's blow that was with big tires and big HP...
quite honestly i think for 95% of wheelers even the 35 spline is over kill... But in LR land it's really the diff we suffer with... A Ford 8.8" is a better diff than the 44 and in real wheeling it is as good as a 9"
and it's cheap...
All of them are better than a rover diff in a heart beat.
The biggest expense of putting new axles under a Rover is the lug pattern, if not for that there would be no question about what to fit..
Most guys could drop a shortened 44 up front and a 60 out back and be quite happy... If that doesn't do it stick the sixty up front, in all cases living with 8X6.5" lug patterns will save an easy $1000 per axle set..
But then there is that u joint vs. cv thing... CV's are MUCH nicer to drive but the availabilty of a cost efficient replacement is nada...
Whereas you can get three spare sets of front 44 shafts and u joints for the cost to upgrade to 110 front CV's
I don't like giving people alternatives to buying my stuff but the truth is the truth... If you can live without CV's, you're probably better off with U Joints..
But once you put that front 44 or 60 in you should think about hubs and converting to part time 4X4... You'll wear out those u joints in the walmart parking lot in a year in full time 4X4..