It drives me up the wall that I simply cannot find a reasonably competent phone (i.e. mid/upper range from the past 4 years) which is not absolutely fucking huge. It's insane that the "phablet" standard from ~5 years ago is now not even the new standard, but the only standard.
So I stuck with my old Nexus 5x for way too long until the Pixel 3a came out. The 3a was all I really wanted, reasonable size (although I could go for it being smaller) and good camera... and a reasonable price (I got it for $200).
Personally with privacy concerns and such... if Apple had a good offering in the $300 or maybe 400 range. I might go a round with them.
Fortunately google phones usually have a pretty thriving aftermarket community. You will usually find LineageOS supported for many years.
Those due for upgrading their phones while being wary of the current state of the economy and their own cash flow situation, can just going for this phone, and not bother about upgrading for an another 3-4 years.
Also a great way for Apple to widen their funnel for first time iPhone / Apple customers!
3D Touch was a great feature.