If you by a tab or phone w/ IR transmitter, I recommend Smart Remote, paid a few bucks for it but it blows the free one's I tried out of the water, especially the stock one. It controls 2 TVs, blu ray player, surround sound system, and my Nikon DSLR flawlessly.
Overall, Samsung may have one of the heavier skins on Android, but, as stated numerous times, a lot can be shut off, and a lot I find helpful (coming from a Samsung background, S2 & S4 phone, plus extensive Tab Pro 12.2 & Note 10.1 2014 play time).
I am already waiting for a 8" Note in the mail, I suspect it'll be perfect for my use after retiring my A500.
Oh, and the Sammys all allow expandable storage, which is pretty useful if you want to load up media for off wifi travel.