Re: I'm not suprised
It is an optimal communication device, not a dumb app launcher like iOS and Android.
I'd suggest you've never used Android's widgets. You know, those things that Microsoft ripped off, limited to blocky squares and called "tiles"?
You want the mail icon to show you how many unread mails? It does that.
You want your contacts all on a home page of their own complete with pictures? Not hard.
Perhaps a media player with its controls on the widget?
A flashlight app that works by tapping the widget rather than launching an app?
Social networking widgets? Device hardware toggle widgets? Calender widgets? Map widgets? Browser widgets? Widgets for things you'd never have even thought of?
All there, you just need to look for them. I suggest long-pressing the home screen and selecting "widgets". Or just selecting "widgets" from the top of the app drawer on an ICS or greater tablet. The phone manufacturer has likely included some. The Play Store has a load more.
And Beautiful Widgets is rather nice.