@jonnieclayton, thank you for sharing your point.
QuadFace Tools is an awesome extension, you maybe want to try it if you didn't it before.
In fact, after I got disappointed when I realized SubD and Vertex Tools weren't free at all (just a 30 days trial) I decided to give it a shot to blender.
Blender seems to have a tons of good things good and I think it's probably better for modelling (newbie opinion) but after configuring the interface and doing my first steps on Blender, I missed SketchUP.
I think SketchUP so much easier and intuitive for easy things, I had trouble with Blender trying to point focus the camera in the right correction, it wasn't as much easier as it is in SU. You barely can appreciate how your model looks if you don't render, and render takes so much time even for a simple image like this one.
This was my first and only render so far with Blender, it took me about 5 minutes to get the rendered image.
I didn't use a render in Sketchup so far, but simple models can look good even without the render.
I decided to go ahead with SU and probably buy SubD and Vertex Tools when my trial period expires, I'm disappointed they're not free not because I think the developer doesn't deserve a retribution, I'm disappointed because if they're so neccesary, because they save lot of time, it should be included on SketchUP as build-in tool.
So ... I think I'm going to keep using SU and I will try to learn a little bit more about Blender from time to time, time will tell.