I had been looking at Icom and Kenwood. The features are almost identical, just depends on which model you are looking at. Aside from a few technical differences they were quite close. Important options are: pc programming software, crossband, auto decode... PC software makes it easy to swap out regional information.
I ended up with a dualband HT, but made by Alinco. I haven't had the time to delve into the operations. .