It's not the _way_ of changing the settings, I actually like that.
What I'm referring to is that in AF-S you get only AUTO and S, while in AF-C you get the various other focussing modes. Still working to learn when each has its utility.
And, I'm still working to see if the AF module is better or worse than the D3. I did one shoot indoors, relatively low light, and had a good deal of difficulty obtaining focus lock in AF-S / SiINGLE mode. I should have pulled out the D3 and done a comparison, but I didn't.