Coming from the 2XL, I was expecting a minor upgrade. I loved my Panda 2XL, despite it's so so screen. The first thing I noticed on the 3XL is the massive improvement that the screen represented in comparison to my 2XL.
The notch on the 3XL was much ballyhooed, but I only noticed it long enough to notice it, and then it blended into the user experience. The only time it's ever an issue is when watching videos, it shifts the screen over just a tad so that it's not directly centered on the phone chassis.
Build quality is much improved over the 2XL, this thing is premium, through and through.
The front facing speakers are loud and with the latest update sound great. They rattled a little before the update.
I was never a fan of wireless charging, but impulse bought a $10 slow charger pad for my desk, and now I don't notice battery life anymore. On the weekend, the phone still lasts long enough, if not quite the marathon machine that my 2XL was.
The camera is of course amazing, and being able to select focal point and background blur after the fact is something special. Night sight is a true differentiation for still photography. Video could be improved a bit, and doesn't quite live up to the current crop of iPhones, but I think it'll be improved via software fixes.
Surprisingly, the party trick of this phone (other than the amazing camera) is the textured glass back. I enjoy taking a pen or a key and marking it up while people are watching. Once their jaw is on the floor, I simply wipe away the marks with my thumb and we're all good. You see, soft metal doesn't scratch hard glass, hard glass scratches soft metal!
Overall, it's been a fantastic phone, and I am very happy with the upgrade over the 2XL, now if only they offered it in Panda...