The camera you enjoy may not be the best
I can say A610 was so enjoyable my sigma dp2 is going to a good home as are my other compacts (canon s30, fuji 4800, nikon 990, sony f505v) as well as probably G2.
I was in a rut with my compacts, wasn't shooting with them much, when i did i really wasn't into it. A610 has brought the fun back in a big way mainly cause swivel screen is a hoot, liveview lets me see my manual exp settings (i no longer feel im just pressing a button on a computer) & 1cm macro.
To me i learnt something important, ive gotta feel right with a camera to take photographs.