I enjoy the profile photo area in vB37 for my personal profile. It gives me my own cubicle with personal photos for passer byers to see. I see the new profile as a next step in fixing the thread and posts listing speeds.
I can now shut off inline images in signatures and avatars. Then I can push all that junk in the profile area where its OK to be slower.
Some people need a lot more flexibility for a gallery.
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It depends on the need.