To each their own I guess but a couple of things in response to your issues.
First, the amount of memory (RAM) shouldn't be a factor. In fact, the more available memory means the OS has to swap more memory which is slower than the program alread...
Since the Xoom is the reference tablet...a pure Google experience device, the chances of it getting ICS sooner than later are high. Which tablets got 3.1 first? Which received 3.2 first? There's your answer.
Same here. Just drop me a PM and I'll try to get the invites out.
Based on the samples the camera does seem very capable (albeit with high level of inconsistency), but it's dynamic range is subpar. Look how much clipping is going on, nothing burned out on the 5S photo while mustache fella's body is clipped all o...
I have HTC ONE and I use Widgelocker.
...Also I can't switch my Alarm OFF when it rings while phone is locked.
Not sure about the first part of your question but I have an HTC One with Widgetlocker and I found that Timely works with Widgetl...