I wanted to give an update on the status of my phone with the latest kernel in place. Today when I awoke, I found my phone fully charged to 100%. I have also noticed no hanging on the lock screen, along with all other problems I mentioned to be corrected (think the browser one is just that it's different than the GB one). I even forgot to list the last problem, which was the video recording crash when pressing stop, but even this seems to have been corrected. I have not noticed any "new" problems with the kernel in place so that's always great.
Thanks Raul77 for the info about the kernel, and to sixstringsg for writing it.