Speed is equal? Then Grey has this. His icemake is fucking fast and it's certaily very very durable and versatile. Enough to freeze Sasuke and then Ice Bazooka to the face.
As for better character, answer is obvious. Grey. Equally 'cool' but not some whiny emo ^ (not the meaning of the word "respect".). He wins his battle with actual skill and effort rather than battling against handicapped or nerfed characters. Plus, he's an exibitionist and when he was a child he trained in blizzards. In boxers. If this isn't badass, then I don't know.
Also, he got one of the hottest chicks in Fairy Tail as his fangirl. What does Sasuke have? His p*d*p**** brother who's focused on his organs (and thus probably even a necrophile) who's after him. A hyperactive retard who fails at being ANYTHING in his own show who also happens to wear an orange jumpsuit and is about as much of a ninja as Sakura, Sauce's fail...err fangirl, is awesome.