For an address bar, tap once and the URL turns yellow. Tap again, Cut, Copy & Paste show up. Not inconvenient at all, if you know how it works.
Your entitled to your opinion on the tiring motion of switching cards, many people like it.
If you're in your launcher you can simply press the buttons at the top of the page to switch between pages, no need to swipe if you don't want to.
If you're in a body of text, press and hold your finger on a word, you may need to zoom in to make it easier. Select, Select All & Paste show up.
If you have the Improve Touch Sensitivity Patch installed, the newest one that allows up to 100fps, you will find that your text selection process is much more accurate now than ever. I highly suggest installing that patch, you can find all the details on that HERE.