I don't hate it, the tail looks great, but I'm not sure about the color of the wave. I think if it was the same blue as the titles and engines, it would be too "matchy," but the black/navy stands out strangely as well. I think maybe the light blue like the inside of the globe would have been better, but I'd have to see it to be sure. And they should have done something more interesting with the font IMO. It looks like the old "generic" food packaging labels.
Generally agree with you. Here is my take on it:
1. Glad they are getting their own branding and leaving the CO branding in the dust (at least, largely by removing the gold) so they are less HYBRID livery and more UNITED.
2. Getting a Rising Blue v2 vibe from this? Look at the gradient on the tail.
3. Something akin to "worldwide services" is back on the nose.
4. NOT EUROWHITE!
5. All in all, not a spectacular change, looks like more a refresh. Kind of what it was advertised to be -- looks similar to the CO livery, but this time it's a proper UNITED livery and not a weird mix between the two.
As for the aesthetics alone, I think they are pretty meh. It will probably grow on me easily though as I see more airplanes painted in the livery.