How are you liking the Samsung UI?
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The only thing I like about the TouchWiz UI is the contacts app (swipe right for call, left for msg is pretty neat). Other than that, I'd really prefer stock Android.
Kinda wish Google would require manufacturers to give customers the option of just putting stock android on there, if they like it better or for extended update support once the manufacturer decides to stop releasing updates for the handset.
If Google places restrictions on how carriers/manufacturers can use Android then it really isn't open is it? As much as I dislike some of ATTs decisions regarding the Android phones (such as removing the option for non-market apps) Android allows them to do this.
I'm not saying Google should stop them from using a custom UI, but they should ensure that the end-user has the option to use stock Android. While this might seem like it limits the manufacturer, I feel that it would give the end-users more freedom in how they use their phones.
That is true, it would give the end-user more freedom. But honestly I don't think Google had intended for Android to really be free for the users, it was meant to be open to the carriers/hardware makers. I could be wrong on this, but I feel confident that is the case, especially since such provisions as you mentioned were not put into place.
I actually really like the Samsung UI. There are also several nice touches they have made to the overall system, menus, etc. No real complaints from me.
The non-root access is something that the hardware manufacturers want to protect the experience and reduce their support costs. If you built your own Android device, root access is up to you. This is not something that Google requires.
If Google really wanted to prevent rooting, they most definitely could do it, but they don't. In fact, the nexus one, which Google had the greatest say in designing, is probably one of the easiest Android handsets to root.