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Re: Similar apps? Which to use?
As far as a note-taking type program goes, I think a lot of the choice is personal preference. You may want to try out the various options available and see which one has the kind of features that best meet your needs. And you can certainly use multiple apps if you like one for some things, but another for other things. You might consider looking at Springpad and Google Keep in addition to things like Evernote, OneNote, ActionMemo, S-Note, etc. Personally, I prefer Springpad over Evernote, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who have the opposite opinion. (BTW, a big reason for my choice is that Springpad allows you to use stuff offline for free. Evernote didn't, it was a paid feature, at least when I was checking them out a while back on my previous phone.)
Google Now and S Voice do seem to be similar services. I'm not sure why S Voice would kick you over to Google Now. Maybe it had something to do with the particular question you asked or how you phrased it. You could test out both individually, giving them the same questions of the sort you'd usually ask, and see which one gives you better results, then stick with that.
Browser's personal preference, too. There are many others besides the pre-installed Internet and Chrome that you can get. I kind of like the default Internet one, but Chrome can be nice to have. If in playing around, I see one handles some sites better than others, I use it for that.
As for stores, I use the Google Play store almost exclusively. I have the Amazon store, but mainly just for the free app of the day, which I don't usually install. But I like getting free stuff. Samsung apps might be necessary for some of the apps Samsung pre-installed, especially if they're not on the Play store. As with the other things, there are probably some other stores out there, too, but the ones you noted are probably the main ones out there. And again, you can easily use multiple ones for different purposes.
I haven't tried the Scrapbook app at all, so I can't really comment on that. As for the calendar, the default one is probably good, but I use Jorte. It has a lot of features, massive amounts of widgets (almost every size from 1x1 to at least 5x5; I think there are even some 6x? and ?x6 ones in there), icons for events (handy to know what something is at a glance), and works pretty well though it could take a little effort to configure the way you like it.
I hope this is of some help.