When I was DSLR hunting, I was initially looking at the D70 or the EOS 350. Played with both extensively, but was never too happy with the "feel" of the camera. I found the controls to either be too limiting, or just not in a "logical" place for me. Grip mattered too. The Canon 350 had an ok grip, but not too comfy. The Nikon grip was better, but I didn't like the layout controls. Then i walked past the Sonystyle, and played with the A100. It immediately felt right, the grip was exactly what I wanted and I could immediataly figure out what the settings were, etc. Combined with the image stabilization built into the body, meaning all lenses have IS, it was my new frontrunner.
Then I did a little research and found out that all the old Minolta lenses will work on the A100... And I got an A100 with a 22-year-old minolta lens and everything worked perfectly. Still a happy Sony shooter today.