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I have ended up preferring Pathfinder over 3.5 in every way.
I did enjoy my faux leather bound, gold edged versions of the 3.5 Core Rules. But that was then. *shrug*
The improvements from 3.5 to PF have been incremental and across the board, but especially in the adventures, accessories and software side of the product lines. Herolab is an essential tool for me. Yes, if you are coming in to the game now it's expensive to get a full version of Herolab. But for those of us in from the get go, its incremental purchases have been easy to afford. While Herolab is not perfect -- it gets it 99.9% plus right and they try hard to fix the missing .01% when it comes to their attention. I wouldn't try to play or run Pathfinder without it.
In the end, there is one thing that 3.5 had that Pathfinder doesn't have (in the same way): We don't have Dragon Magazine (as it then was) and we don't have Dungeon Magazine (as it then was).
What we have instead is the people who made those publications continuing to make Pathfinder. And now we have Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder and its complete product range. While part of me will always miss Dragon and Dungeon, that is really the only thing I DO miss about 3.6 D&D. But it wasn't WotC I was missing; rather it was Paizo's monthly contribution to D&D under 3.5.
Would I trade Pathfinder AP for Dungeon Magazine? I'm nostalgic for it, sure, but no, I wouldn't give up Pathfinder AP to go back to Dungeon. No way.