I like the carboy for being able to see the fermentation process and the trub buildup and the overall process of the beer making. However, I DON'T like trying to get the wort into the carboy. That was about the only drawback to using a carboy again. OH, and cleaning it is a hassle too. Oh, and stirring it up and aerating it for yeast pitch.
I like the bucket for the ease of getting the wort into it, stirring it up, aerating it for yeast pitch and cleaning. I don't like that I can't see what's going on. With a really bright flashlight I can tell that there is foam at the top of the mixture. SO, I guess it's doing its thing. 2 weeks and I'll know.
My O.G. was 1043. Seemed a little high, but then I remembered that I got in a hurry and had already pitched the yeast. Not sure how much of an effect that would have on the gravity. Any of y'all know?