1: Best pvp healers out there, and fair pve healers.. They suffer a bit from "randomness" in their aoe heal compared to sages, but they have more mobility to make up a bit for it.
2. Pretty much as the general population.. I quite like playing sawbones specced smuggler in both pve and pvp. We have some rather redundant abilities that need tweaking.. Like smuggle.. Worst ability EVER