then what is the "extra edge" you require? bros above have listed out the more obvious "haves" and 'don't haves', which still DEPENDS on you what you require to help your photography skills as a newbie to DSLR.
both are entry-level cams which are equally good to beginers.
go to any shop and determine which one you like after you've made contact with either.
i went to john 3:16 last Mon wanting to get entry-level cam and ended up choosing one after they explained to me the functions of both D3K and 1KD, when I couldn't made up my mind just by reviewing online. :thumbsup:
Not saying the 1000D is bad (nor any other DSLR on the market right now for that matters), but for that same amount of money, you can get better thing else where. If you're willing to pay more for less, then by all mean, go ahead.
Especially if you are a newbie and there are chances that you are put off by certain things (e.g. all additional equipment required, bulky shape, weight etc.) 2nd hand is a cheaper option to get a camera with some higher features. The less sure you are that you will continue the more you should explore 2nd hand options. Join some gatherings and you can get 1st hand experiences and maybe ask somebody to help you with 2nd hand purchase.