I love the new look. The flat icons look SO much better than the old ones. I hope they all change to the new look.

I like the new Text app. and the phone app is a lot better and the End Call button is (for me) easier to see and click on.

Haven't fooled with Safari enough yet, but so far I like.

As for the Android home screen, I wonder how much battery life those things you mention eat up? I don't need to see stocks, weather or news all the time. That's what apps are for.