About the load times. I am pretty disappointed about having to wait about 20 seconds just to load things like somebodies profile page or the my clips list page. Everything takes just long enough for me to not care and avoid using them using them. Why is everything so much slower except start up and game resume times? (The instant resume things sounds amazing for a new Elder Scrolls single player game by the way.) But with the newly built 300,000 new servers and a more powerful console I was hoping to see speeds faster than the Xbox 360. That is not the case for most things.
About the terrible friends function. How about not having such a pointlessly big profile rectangle on the dashboard and instead make it smaller or just make it disappear to a profile/friends/party/recent players area accessed after clicking the Xbox button and then the Right Thumb Stick or something. The Xbox 360 menu worked perfectly and the vast minority that could have been complaining cannot be satisfied with the inaccessibility of this new menu. Not everything had to be changed when switching focus to this new console.