I second this! I had a bullet smoker for years and it was a pain in the ass (up at 5 am for a 14 lb butt, constantly throwing in chips and charcoal, mass panic at the impending friend riot if the food was going to take an hour longer than I said etc.) but the results made it worth it. My wife gave me the Camp Chef for an anniversary present (I married a keeper...or she just knows I'll cook more for her), and I haven't looked back.
1. After the countless hours on the bullet smoker mentioned above, the pellet smoker felt like cheating
2. There is no less flavor on a pellet vs a bullet IMO (haven't tried mesquit yet).
3. I haven't had a hard time using it as a grill, but it is certainly no BGE, which is what I would go with if you want a grill for a great sear and flavor.
4. The meat thermometer that comes with the grill works for maybe 2 times, but then breaks -- would highly recommend purchasing a different thermometer (bluetooth preferred so you can stay inside and watch football)
Happy to answer any other questions!