I want them all to be identical and its such a PAIN doing it manually. so I made a CWM backup copied that to the other note 3 and restored it.
the restore itself worked great. alas some of the apps simultaneously crashed (xxxx has stopped etc...) (maybe 15-20 apps flipped out)
apparently the apps can tell its on a different device and does not like it even though its identical hardware. (some crappy form or DRM maybe ??)
even the google apps flipped their crap.
the only fix was to uninstall and reinstall (or update) all the apps that screamed at me and then they worked fine.
alas some I can't figure out HOW to "uninstall and reinstall" (picasa uploader ???)
any suggestions? is there no way to keep a "common" backup that will work on all 4 devices?