Just stick another launcher like Nova on the phone and the mess is gone. Then it's pretty much the same as everything else. I'm still leaning toward xperia z.... Never thought I would lean toward a Sony device. My note 2 is fine for now.
This phone will be awesome for some and ok for others. Phones are so good nowadays that its a matter if opinion. HTC is a great phone developer. I have the DNA and I'm really happy. Ill wait til 2014 before I upgrade.