Use of the S2 will vary greatly. For Sports Follow guys like me I don't need a 2 mile range, I'm happy.
However for AP, search and rescue, mapping..... range is important and SD will have to step up if they want to be competitive in those markets. These guys are pretty sharp and can add range to the SD2 easier than DJI can add world class obstacle avoidance to the Mavic's. Maybe a SD2.1 when it comes to hardware like a powerful controller. It was smart(easy) to jump in the game with a commercially available controller that got the job done, especially considering many will only use the Beacon exclusively.
Parrot Anafi had the same criticisms when launched, I wonder how much of the issue is in the controller? Anafi has antennae's in all four leg's for better reception regardless of profile.
Personally I think SD will need to release a proper modern controller with Lightbridge like technology and an AP oriented app. Combine that with the superior obstacle avoidance and they could dominate those other markets. The camera is on par with competitors and better than I need.
Imagine search and rescue with long range ability and the safety of navigating complex environments with minimum pilot input or skill. I was super impressed how my SD2 found it's way out of a dense forest.
It seems SD is questioning the validity of entering the mainstream DJI dominated market. Yuneec, 3DR and others took DJI on their home ground, Skydio is coming in through the side door with unique features. Based on the survey I took I'll bet there is a lot of talk at SD about at going mainstream and what it will take. Remember SD is a small company and I do not know what resources they have to R&D this new technology, which really isn't new it just needs to be brought over to the platform to appease the mainstream users.
Interesting time's ahead.