Personally, I never liked the way the matte finish on the top of the slide (to prevent sight glare) looked with the Bright Stainless finish. And I absolutely loathed the fake mother of pearl grips.
Many gun enthusiasts will assert that the shorter barrel makes the Officer's Model (3.5") less accurate than a Government Model (5"). I agree that a shorter barrel equals less accuracy and less velocity because the bullet spends less time in the pressurized barrel. But, one of the most accurate guns out of the box that I owned was an Officer's Model.