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I would contest "Skills can be chosen completely freely independent of class" as being a "pro" for Pathfinder. You're actually more free to get out-of-class skills in 5E than in Pathfinder.
Characters in 5E get to pick a "background" that's completely independent of class, which grants a couple of skill (or tool) proficiencies.
A Pathfinder fighter gets to pick two skills, and although he can technically put those ranks anywhere he wants, if he wants to be functionally competent he needs to put them into class skills.
Meanwhile, a 5E fighter gets to pick two skills from his class, and then ALSO gets to pick any two skills he wants through his background (and will be fully competent with them, just as much as his class-granted skills).
Additionally, since 5E has fewer skills, getting any given number of skills represents a higher relative proportion of capability than in Pathfinder. That is, a character with four skills in 5E is more capable than a character with four skills in Pathfinder, because "four skills" is a bigger percentage of available skills in 5E than in Pathfinder.
All in all, "skills can be chosen completely freely independent of class" is only technically (rather than practically) true of Pathfinder, and is actually more true in 5E.