I agree with Foodeee. I have researched for about a year now. The Canon Rebel T3i is my choice as a dream camera. As an entry level SLR I think it is top notch. There are many books how to use the camera and its features to gain amazing imagery. Tons of internet articles too.
Since the T3i version has been brought to market (near to $600 and a great deal is $500) the T3 is now at a market for $450 to $500. Comparison does show differences, but reviews offer the T3 a very good choice. Check out DP Review http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos1100D for the T3.
You can see a review for the T3i too. An amazing camera I am saving for. It is a great step leading toward learning photography, imagery, and how to understand lighting, color, and more.