As I've been waiting for my Nexus 4 order to come (on the verge of assuming it will never come, but anyways), I've been using a Galaxy Note 2 as my main phone. I bought the Nexus 4 thinking it would be better to have stock Android and get updates immediately from Google rather than wait for a carrier to decide when to release it, and I could sell the Note 2 to recoup the cost and then some. However, I've been wondering lately, what is the major benefit of stock Android compared to, say, using a launcher a la Nova, whose Prime version gives you cool gestures, unread notifications, more customization over the number of home screens, etc besides the rapid updates? The physique of stock Android can basically be replicated to a T using Nova if that's what you like. At this point, I'm just not sure which phone I would keep, as the Note 2 has turned out to be quite a phone!