If you really think that disabling a couple of features that you don’t want to use (a process that takes maybe 10 minutes, max) is that mind-numbingly difficult, then perhaps you should get a dumbphone.
I have a galaxy nexus, and my battery life is simply horrendous. With regular/moderate usage, my phone lasts from 8:30 – 2:30. So, when my contract ends in August, the only things I will look for in my phone are great battery life, fast processor (or at least fast enough), and great screen. Build quality/design is irrelevant to me, as I will probably be using a case. I would switch to iOS, but it’s honestly way too limiting for me (I enjoy my custom keyboards, ROMs, etc). It seems like the GS4 is the phone for me, unless motorola surprises me with their motorola x, or the nexus 5 actually goes to verizon.