Well I gave it a lot of thought and took on board all your advice and help, I was 90% convinced I was going to buy the Big Shot........but all things considered I ended up getting the:
the main reason was the compact size and I have decided to keep my Red Sizzix! (for now)
So far - I am thrilled with my purchase and hope to post some cards made with it very soon.
Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful hot weekend!