By 'storage compartment', I'm assuming you mean something that can be added to an existing bike, rather than something like a Specialized SWAT type thing. With that in mind, my answers are below:
Depends which bike; I had a commuter, I'd say definitely - regardless of what it looked like. I wouldn't, however, have one on my road bike purely because it wouldn't look cool.
Sticking with the above - yes to commuter, whereas jersey pockets/saddle roll are sufficient on my road bike.
My CX/gravel bike has frame bag and sometimes saddle bag so I can ride with nothing in my pockets. Road bike has saddle roll and everything else goes in jersey pockets.
Weight, waterproofing, aesthetics.
Price, weight, aesthetics (I didn't realise I was this shallow..).
Additional light mounts are always good.
Again, depends which bike. On a commuter, I'd trade size for weight, because the bike itself wouldn't be light to begin with. On my road bike, I bought a small saddle roll to force me only take the (lightweight) basics.
Black, size/shape unimportant along as they're not massively adding to frontal area.
Attention paid to mounting points to ensure it doesn't move around on the bike. Different compartments inside to separate items.
Very kind of you to help me here. The mounting points will be tricky. Thanks again
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