Everyone has different opinions on corporate identities and it usually has more to do with brand loyalty and taste than it does with the design.
The getty images logo, while not flashy, is a perfect representation about the company. The font is probably designed by Pentagram (arguably the best design firm in existence) specifically for the logo, and the small touches such as the way the t-crosses touch each other are perfect for the feeling that the company portrays. Simple details that communicate so much. If you step back and look at the logo, doesn't it speak out right away as an internet-based, stock-style company with an emphasis on modernity? IMO, absolutely perfect.
I think Honda logo is plenty imaginitive. Corporate identities aren't supposed to be cool or fancy looking, they're supposed to communicate the message of the company. Having just the first letter of your company is a pretty bold move, and very few companies can pull off something like that. Your logo has to be as iconic as your product, and vice versa.
Generally I think for most companies, the larger the company, the less complex the logo should be. Overdesigned logos don't have such an impact on your memory. Whoever the designers were for the [H] logo probably spent hours and days and weeks and months deliberating on how to execute it - I'm sure there were sketches of fancier, more stylized versions that were nixed because Honda isn't a fancy, stylized company. It's a company that makes their money off of selling practicality, simple cars, and no-bullshit quality.
That logo (i forget the name of the company) is for a British Medical supplies manufacturer, so it's no surprise that you, or anyone else here, hadn't heard or seen it before. But I agree, it's a perfect logo for the company.
My personal opinion on the BMW logo is bleh.. I don't like it. I don't think it fits the direction and feel of their cars. Though the fact that the logo has been kept since the very beginning where they didn't have cars makes it less objectionable.