Going from a 6 to an 8+ was a major upgrade. Partially because of the larger screen and battery. But wireless charging has been huge for me as I don’t have to fish for a lightning cord in the dark without waking up my wife when I head to bed, and after I give my kid his medicine at 2:30am.
I really like force touch. Especially for diving into the “pay” section of mobile apps like the Starbucks app.
The biggest thing with force touch is being able to move the curser by force pressing the keyboard. It sounds small but I use it almost every time I use my phone for writing.
Otherwise, apps that used to take a long time to load are loading much faster.
The camera is really, really good. My wife is mad about how much better my pictures are than the pics from her 6. And she is the last person on earth that wants to grand me a win on upgrading.
I can say that I haven’t missed the headphone jack once. Still early days, and I have Airpods (which are fantastic), but the headphone jack not being there didn’t occur to me until you mentioned it. And the speakers are way better for listening to podcasts or music around the house.
I feel much better about being around water than I ever have. I don’t have to constantly worry about moisture in the air in the bathroom when I take a shower causing some long term issue.
But yes, it still looks like an iPhone.
The reality with phones, even the X, is that they are a mature platform. There aren’t going to be wild new features for devices with this form factor and purpose.
The X is just another iteration that looks different. The Pixels are just further iterations of the same basic idea. So is every Samsung phone.
In fact, any further innovation in the space will be aimed down-market at developing markets like India and China, who make the market in the US look like pocket change.
Someday we’ll have something beyond the phone. But the phone paradigm is what it will be.