As long time phantom 2 user I have been reading this board as I want to try to glean as much info as possible before pulling the trigger on the the inspire. While I sympathize with some people that have legitimate problems (and from what I have seen DJI has addressed these) ill be honest that cutting through the knee jerk reactionary complaints on this and other forums has not been fun at all. I make the assumption ( and we all know what ASSuMEing does ) that people considering, or having already purchased the inspire probably consider themselves professional & more experienced like myself. With that assumption, below are some observations I have made in life that cause me to be super stoked about going ahead and moving forward with my Inspire purchase, despite having dug through all of the negativity. #1. Shipping delays!! I own a iPhone 6+.. I purchased (ordered) at the end of September and received middle of November which was a little later than the ship date I was originally told. Now, let's dissect my phones name for some of those that may be slower learners... Apple -- > the brand... a well respected tech giant that has been around for 38 years. iPhone --> the product.... first design released 7 years ago. 6 --> version of Iphone... so there has been at least 6 versions of this device and truth be known if you consider the S lineup (intermediate versions) there has been 8 releases of iPhone devices and still they have shipping delays???? HUMM... Oh yeah and with each release they still have issues that have to be addressed which leads me to my next point..... #2. Early adoption of new or even slightly modified technology/products automatically comes with expectation of some problems. Completely unrelated to the UAV / PHOTO / VIDEO field is cars and again I hope that I am right in saying that anyone considering a purchase for a $3k drone has at some time been through the process of purchasing a car. If not though let me tell you a well known fact...... Anytime a new body design or slightly different technology inside of a car comes out, and this applies to not only new electric cars and related technology's but even if they change a body style, it is expected that things will need to be ironed out (some of the the new 2015 mustangs for instance have already been recalled for a freaking fuel leak or check out this article from consumer reports about the LUXURY Tesla S... http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...has-more-than-its-share-of-problems/index.htm ) #3. Im sorry if you have to empty your life savings account for $3k to purchase this but in all honesty for this technology, $3k is truly an unbelievable price point. UAV filming is newish(within the past few years) to me but video production is not, as we have been in that industry for 10+ years. Cameras continue to this day to be very expensive... A newer lineup of camera accessories that has become more prevalent recently, especially with DSLR video capabilities , is "camera supports". These supports are nothing more than over engineered pieces of plastic / carbon fiber / rubber / steel that allow for easier handling of a DSLR if you are using the device for filming purposes. These non moving, non electronic devices commonly sell for $1000 + ( http://www.redrockmicro.com <-- this is one of many manufacturers ). Since we are talking about camera gear lets say you wanted to grab a simple old school style video camera that had 4k video capabilities of the camera on the Inspire with similar sensor specs.. Well your gonna at least be on the hook for $1k for a traditional design, consumer lineup, camcorder that NO-ONE is excited about or thinks is cool!! #4. Apple compatibility... Mark my words..... THIS WILL RETURN!!! DJI is, and has been, way to invested in Apple integration to just bail over even somewhat of a serious hiccup. To those that say, well its out of DJI's control. While you are on the surface correct you are technically very wrong.. Have you ever heard the saying MONEY TALKS. While I know we as a consumer will never know the details of how the agreement is worked out between Apple/DJI but as a business owner and logical thinker I could see how a decision to pay Apple (if it comes to that) to get it approved could easily be rationalized from a business standpoint at DJI.. This is their future we are talking about! #4. Firmware updates for problems small and large. Have you not owned a phantom? Have you owned a android phone, an iPhone, a computer? Heck, have you owned a smart TV or media box such as appleTV, chrome cast etc. Firmware updates are constantly released for all electronic devices and the reason for this is to address problems with the device and/or complaints by users. To those worried about launching from a boat... AGAIN, MARK MY WORDS.... THIS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME POINT!!!!! Yes even the inspire that you hold right now in your hand that cannot launch from a boat.. After you sell it to someone, that person you sell it to will be launching your inspire from a boat sometime in the future!! #5. Customer service. While I would not agree with horrible customer service from any perspective I honestly cant say that I have seen any substantiated claims that the customer service has been horrible. If they are not helpful while you are on the phone.. WELLLLLL... Yeah that is to be expected..... Do you think that they are paying engineers substantial salaries to sit on the phone and answer tons of calls where probably 80%+ of those calls go something like.... "Hi, I just pulled my inspire/phantom out the box and I don't know how to start it up."...... "Sir, have you read the startup instructions?"....... "THIS THING SHOULD START WHEN I PUSH THE BUTTON". I realize this theoretical call may be embellished a little but I would be willing to bet its not to far off. Go read through a few topics over at http://www.phantompilots.com and you will see things that just make you want to slap your head!! Im sure with age this forum will start piling up with threads like that also! From a business standpoint do you really think they should transform the whole support industry and put programmers / engineers on the phones/email to answer your call and help you immediately? Mark my words.... THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN.. Not at DJI... Not at Apple, Sony, Microsoft etc.. etc..... Sorry!! I know there are probably many people in my same boat of trying to make a logical and well informed, smart business decision about the inspire and I just wanted to put my .02 out there to potentially help! Looking forward to many more post in the future!!