@JET_Affinity GREAT post, thank you for the detailed explanation!
The most important point here is, like JET said, to have fewer Tools but more "powerful"... Thats why Im a big fan of Affinity, because its SUPER INTUITIVE there are not as many tools as in Illustrator BUT you can easily get all the results that you get with Illustrator too, for Pathfinder functions you just need 1-Click more...
When you understand Boolean operations, its all you need...and Im talking about professional graphic design work..
Im looking forward to the upcoming Affinity updates... There is alot of room for improvement for Affinity, the Dev Team works hard on improving their products.... I feel the future for Affinity is BIG!