I picked up a XS last night.
It's a busy time so I don't plan to play with the camera for a while.
I generally just use smart phone cameras for visual note taking or some quick family snap shot. For those times I want to make what I consider a photograph, I use the Adobe LR app so I can have a raw file. So the portrait feature won't apply.
Eventually I'll play around with the portrait mode just for laughs.
For most people smart phones are better than the point & shoot camera they use to own or would have owned if smart-phone cameras didn't exist. For some of these owners the simulation features are useful and attractive.
“Basically, I mean, ah—well, let’s say that for me anyway when a photograph is interesting, it’s interesting because of the kind of photographic problem it states—which has to do with the . . . contest between content and form.