Out of curiosity, were those additional apps from Samsung and/or your provider? I suspect that there may be a big difference between being for example an AT&T customer with an AT&T branded device of brand X in the US versus the same in Europe, not to mention a stock OS device. For the record, despite being a sucker for the latest shiny piece of tech I have for some time now given up entirely on Smartphones. I value my privacy too much to bother with the to me minor added value they bring to me. And nope I have no neck beard. Yet!