Stacks of the UI just remind me of it unless you have some vendor skin on top of it. The icons on the home screen are just like the old program manager and it has distinctly a 3.1esk look in some places almost 16bitish in some ways.
If you hate the productivity provided by actually being able to launch your preferred apps quickly then remove every single icon from your home screen and replace them with widgets. Or nothing at all. It takes less than a minute to do and I'm sure that's not too much of a burden since you will likely keep your phone for at least a year.
I have a galaxy nexus and saying that anything on the interface looks "16bitish" in any way is pure lies.
I know there are lots of differences but I just can't shake the 3.1 feel that it gives me.
Have you ever considered the possibility that you're just an idiot? Because it has definitely occurred to me that you are probably the dumbest motherfucker on Slashdot today.
That and the buy top of the line or deal with aweful performance issues that many of the handsets have without needing to kill the default firmware to optimise for low ram/get rid of vendor filth.
There are tons of middle of the road android handsets with 512 MB of RAM that are next to free on contract that perform very well. You are either a shill or you are a completely ignorant dumbass on here spreading FUD. Please remove your head from your ass.
If you can't get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.