I agree with most of the points you've made, but I've actually enjoyed coming back to Tiger for two main reasons (besides quirks and bugs that are going to get worked out 'til final):
1.) The Dock. It _really_ isn't an improvement whatsoever in my opinion. It doesn't look or feel more professional, it just looks overloaded and intrusive.
2.) The transparent menubar. It feels _wrong_. The little utility that put a white bar behind it had its own problem with full-screen VLC (i.e. it was in front of that...), so I had to constantly quit and relaunch that utility.
The rest of the look I'll enjoy, quite probably.
Mac user since 1987. Running Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on a MacBook Air 11" & an iMac 27" and whatever's newest for my iPhone 4s, iPad 3 and AppleTV 2.
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