@thattomjohnson: They look pretty darn good for that price! Although, I am still not a huge fan of thick blue lines... I wish notebook makers would make lines that are only visible enough from a couple feet back but if you were standing 10 feet back, all you would see is the text. If someone manages to find a decently constructed notebook that provides that type of lining, I would jump all over it.
Speed vs. multiple cores depends on how the software you use supports it. If it doesn't support multiple cores at all then it's better to have one faster core than many slower ones. If it does support multiple cores then it will be better to have more cores.
An application like Photoshop have some functions that supports multi-threading and some that doesn't. Personally i think both options are gonna be just fine for what you wan't to do. Related to cpu i think you should pick the one with the screen size you want the most taking into account that the gpu on the 15" is remarkably better than the one on the 13".
Benchmarks comparing the two:
@thattomjohnson: I've been pretty happy with my 7D, though since I was working at a retail environ that required shooting babies a lot with a Oly E1 it took a lot of the photographic drive out of me. (Working that job for 6 years did teach me to interact with children well though, or at least get them to like me quickly a large percent of the time, which seems weird now, not doing that job...) The high framerate is awesome, I think I took my first panning shots with it here. The main things I upgraded for were the pro body and video stuff. Other than that I was pretty happy with my XTi. Again I'm a little upset I haven't challenged myself more recently but just got out of pushing a shutter button while acting like a monkey I'm not yet ready to start chimping every chance I get. We do need to get Norm to start reading the strobist if he is going to be our photo reporter and stop correcting Will when he's right like in the Ocktobercast when he said that sensor size affected DOF.
@thattomjohnson: Did you ever decide?
@thattomjohnson: personally, I'd be all over that full-frame. I don't do sports or racing or any sort of photography like that, so FPS doesn't matter, and I focus manually. While more focus (and xfocus) points would be nice, I'd certainly appreciate the larger frame moreso.
@thattomjohnson: It's really about whether you want something for fast action, or full-frame. They're both equally good cameras within their market segment, and you need to decide what it is that you want to use it for.