Pages is great at what it does: the hybrid word processing/dtp component of Apple's "works" suite.
ClarisWorks, for instance, comes to mind. I chose its writing component over a full-blown word processor every time. Worked beautifully.
And these days I choose Pages for the same reasons that many others do.
If you want a full-blown word processor that doesn't look and work like ass, Mellel is your made-for-the-mac choice. In fact, as a purist's word processor,...