To me a 1911 had to be made by Colt, however my wife bought me a S&W E Series last Christmas and I was impressed. The S&W is an excellent 1911 with many features not on the Colt. What's next S&W will be making sSAAs or ARs, oh wait they already make ARs.
As much as I still believe you'll never go wrong with a Colt, it's nemesis S&W makes an excellent 1911.
A couple days ago though I just bought another Colt, their Government Model Double Action.