All those little features add up: The phone is fun and easy to use. And so far, there’s no serious downside. I mentioned it above; the experience is simultaneously high-end luxury yet while staying informed and in control of the device. I believe this is a very difficult mix to get right. IMO, Apple’s been drifting away from the keep-the-user-in-control value.
Maybe this sounds naive, but I’m completely surprised by how the product stands on its own. It’s not in the shadow of iOS, not playing catch-up with Apple. I’m continuously seeing common problems solved in new ways.
I’m sure we can have a civil, informed, and respectful discussion about this. To facilitate such, I’m going for a walk. With my iPhone 10, AirPods, and Apple Watch.