Great thing about the akorn. You're not gonna baby it or worry about breaking it. 700+ no problem, low n slow... no problem. If I spent 800-1200 on a ceramic kamado, I wouldn't be willing to crank it up to high (worrying about cracked fireboxes). Just my two cents.
Only you know what ........you want.
Char-Griller Akorn , Maverick ET-732 , Red Thermapen Backlit