2EU: You're no doubt absolutely correct! But staying with the spirit of this discussion, you'll have to admit that something has gone horribly wrong when it's necessary to pull up menus or in many cases, sub-menus, to do a simple thing like change power or to view an S-meter. I do understand that's it's necessary when cramming many functions into a small box. But, this seems to be the tendency these days. As far as I'm concerned, it's unfortunate.
If a ham doesn't have the mental dexterity for video games, or seldom changes operating parameters or functions, then ham radio becomes an exercise in frustration when he has to make these changes.
My first encounter with a menu driven transceiver reminded me of a damn monkey pushing buttons to get a banana along with the squealing, dumping up and down and frantic button pushing out of frustration because he keeps getting it wrong! Not pretty.
With a little bit of perseverance, you did get your "banana", though!
I use the CAT (computer aided transceiver) interface with my FT450. HRD does a good job of putting some of those commonly used "buried functions" on the screen so they can be changed quickly with a click or drag.
Sometimes the answer to technology problems is more technology...
If you set up the dx cluster, click the dx station you want and it will even tune the radio to the frequency, etc. All ya gotta do is work the guy. Now that's a bit TOO EASY!
The log automatically pulls data from the radio, knows the time, and dumps in the QRZ station data. Life as a modern Ham is good!
I can operate the radio with or without the interface, but CAT makes it a lot easier. It's a matter of getting used to the "new concepts". There are just so many buttons they can fit on those tiny new rigs!