In my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer to this topic. I have used JR and Hitec radios on my planes. I've had Hitec and Futaba radios on my boats. ALL 3 give great results. I love my Hitec Laser 6. The configuration allows for all of the standard functions with a dial setting on the top of the case that's perfect for the jib trim. The cost factor is great too.
Sounds silly but I also like the analog battery meter over the lights that most other radios of this price range seem to have now.