hell yes, the new visual effect for going to warp and coming to all stop looks much more believable that the ship was actually traveling FTL, so it just suddenly appears in front of you since you couldn't see the light coming from it as it was approaching. And even though the "flash in the distance" has been there for a long time, it was kinda corny, like the light trails behind the Enterprise in the older movies was kind of corny.
The visual effect around the ship DURING warp travel was kinda iffy, though. I think I like the regular streaking stars better. But who knows what your surroundings would actually look like, if you could even see anything at all, while traveling FTL.