That's a tough one being that their are numerous ways to argue which route to take.
At the $550 price range you have the EAA 4.5" barrel or the G20 4.6" barrel.
At $700 you have a G20 with a 6" aftermarket barrel.
At $1000 you have the EAA Hunter with a 6" longslide, or whatever a G20+6" longslide would cost.
At $1000 - $1200 are the two Kimber 10mm 1911s with a 5" barrel and more chamber support than any other semi-auto 10mm platform available without going 100% custom.
All the options available are so good in their respectful ways that it's hard to even steer someone specifically toward one or another assuming we're keeping an open mind.
I'm not sure how a S&W fits into the mix outside some see it as having nice aesthetics. But when it comes to aesthetics, that's where in my mind the Dan Wesson Razorback RZ-10 ($1350.00) is second to none.
Then there is the Fusion lineup that seems to be becoming more and more popular and is available in a longslide version and can be tailored/customized pretty much anyway you like for a pretty penny.
Decisions, decisions, decisions,...
That's a tough call. Good Luck!!!