I like them both so i'm not pitching one over the other. The XDS is hands down a higher quality gun. Is it worth $100 more than the Sheild? Thats subjective but in my eyes it absolutely is. Not because of the extras that come in the box, although that is a convenient bonus. It just has more attention to detail. More features. Those things cost money. They don't necessarily make a better gun but they do cost money.