Vanilla Android, or Skinned Android?

Posted Aug 13, 2012 at 12:35 am in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

Everyone seems to want pure Stock Vinilla Android, but after having the Galaxy S3 and going from an AOSP back to Samsung’s UX I am left wondering why anyone would want Vanilla if its not a Real Nexus.
Anyone with a SGS3 will admit that the little things throughout it’s interface are very handy e.g. Swiping a contact to call, toggle buttons in the pull down menue, and auto calling whoever you are texting simply by lifting the phone to your ear. I’m sure HTC’s Sense has similar attributes that make the UI an all around better experience as well. As for the one other OEM, as far as I can tell there is nothing good at all about Moto’s UI. Feel free to correct me if im wrong, but I had an OG Droid, Droid X, and Droid X2 so I feel pretty positive with my judgment on Moto.
The only real reason I can think of for wanting Pure Android is for faster updates, but that isn’t even the case unless its a Nexus. So below are my pros for both Vanilla, and skinned Android.

Vanilla Android Pros:
Faster Updates (Sometimes)
True Google Experience
Looks Better (IMO)

Skinned Android Pros:
UI Features

To me the usability of the features in the Skinned Androids outweighs the Vanilla Android looks and timely updates. If im missing something here please let me know.

So what’s your personal Preference?

Vinilla, or Skinned