It really *is* better.
You see GNOME actively drops features and then the drop itself is presented as a new feature. The dropped features will not come back. The developers think its actually better that way. (Its a whole philosophy)
KDE has had some features missing due to the change from 3.x to 4.x. In the beginning quite a bit of features were lacking, but gradually most have been re-introduced. If any are still missing (and it might be the case) then this is considered a *bug*. And it will be fixed in the future (shortage of manpower or developer interest non-withstanding obviously).
Personally, i don'd miss a single feature anymore that i used in the 3.x era and there are quite a few new awesome stuff.
So, yes, it is much much better. KDE does not drop features because it assumes the user is an idiot. There simply was a period that some went missing due to a significant architectural change. The vast majority have been re-implemented and the remaining are a matter of time.
It can't think of a simpler way to put this and i thought it was pretty obvious but apparently some mod disagreed.