I still wanted a visually clean theme that had a high emphasis on great type, which this one did. But it was the huge photo/video options that won me over. I hate big, fat borders on the side with nothing in them. Use the space for content!
Big plus: comments, replies, reblogs, etc are show on the post pages. Very cool way to make public things that previously only lived on the Dashboard.
The only downside is the Archive/Random/RSS links are buried at the bottom, but who knows if anyone actually ever used those besides me. And it doesn’t show you the year on individual post pages, just the month/day.
The search bar is gone, but it never worked anyway.
It is new and I am happy.