Reason has like all other programs pro´s and con´s.
My own background with reason; I started making music in fasttracker2, a dude I met in the warcraft3 chat told me bout reason. I got reason, and thought everything was easy, actually. Im no genious, but compared with the DOS-based fasttracker2 version i had been trackin on, reason was a real piece o cake. So, to begin with, reason is easy, i´d say. It´s a "closed" prog. as well (no vst plugins avaliable here grrr), that actually is both good and bad;
Pro´s reason; good soundbanks, you get good basic qual with reason. The fact that reason does not have a vst plugin option, is on the pro-side the fact that u gotta deal with whatever options are available. If things dont sound good, its ur own fault, ur the one who lacks skills. Ive heard songs by pro´s working in reason, it sounds - -well, proffessional (thats what they get payed for, of course...but reason IS good!).
Point is, that Reason is a very good program, profesionally good, i´d say even. So, there´s allways comparing the "lowbudget" programs, but i cant do that, since i only worked in 3 programs in a total. So far.
Con´s then; No VST damnit! This is sometimes a lil irritating, but u can get around this problem by getting Cubase and slave reason in cubase. This aint that difficult, but u get no visual of the track(s) u get from reason. If it sux, just export the damn wav from reason n add it into cubase... Anyway, thing is that ur not 100% locked down with reason not having vst options. The cubase solution is btw probably just Steinberg (who owns propellerhead) who want to make some extra cash. cant really blame em...
This is me NOT comparing reason to FL or anything else, just my open opinion. I think reason has alot to offer.
Now i forgot where i was goin with this reply, so ill just post it, n well see if anyone thinks im a lil dizzy or so?