I thought that a cig-a-like was what I wanted when I started. It was to much of a pain to always charge the batts, so I upgraded to an 1100 mah ego, with a CE4, then an evod. Right now I am rocking a VAMO V2 SS with a cartotank (while waiting for an IGO-L [my first RDA]).
My father, on the other hand, started with a cig-a-like, and has been using them for several months. He has no intention of changing or upgrading.