Well whatever you heard, it is true.
I am trying to be objective about this, until I had the SMG I had only driven automatics as rental cars.
My 6 speed 330Ci was a great car, excellent gearbox and clutch.
In short I was not convinced SMG was the way to go but I wanted the car and there is no manual option in most of the world.
Six months on the only way this SMG and in fact any auto is inferior is when I need to move the car perhaps a few inches.
It is hard to have exactly the control that a clutch and a million plus miles of driving experience gives.
This is specially true reversing into my garage up a 20 millimeter step at the threshold.
I have learned to use the parking brake in that case but a clutch gave more precise speed and distance control below walking pace.
Any other time the SMG does all that I can ask, it gives me more time to concentrate on control and balance not to mention watching the traffic situation. When it comes to shifting it is always quicker and sometimes better than I could manage.
I am very pleased for you that you like your 6 speed car, we both seem to have made the right choices.