ideascale is a joke until i see a single item completed on there. just a more visible replacement for the "product feedback black hole" they used to have.
the list of things that users found poorly designed about the Pod HD is too lengthy to list here. these things have been known for a long time. so have the wishlist amps/cabs/features. at this point, i'd be surprised if L6 resolves a single issue. they have other priorities, apparently.
i got a Kemper and much prefer it. 10x as good is probably about accurate, at least for the amp/cab profiling and raw tone. there's a lot of crazy profiles out there, but on the whole, I find most of them sound as good as the best of the Pod's amp sims. Once you start tweaking them, they absolutely murder the Pod in terms of sounding like a real amp. it has all the features that were missing in the Pod and none of the issues. It just doesn't have a looper. But the Pod does and can serve as a MIDI controller + additional FX, some of which the Kemper doesn't have.
the price is certainly unfortunate but worth it considering it solves all the GAS and frustration of the Pod.