If you do end up going with the Rebel XT, skip on the 18-55 kit lens... seriously EVERYBODY complains about it.
Mike is right though, it's really up to the user (YOU!) how the camera feels. I have small hands, the XT is great for me, just like how the Maxxum 5 was tiny. The controls should be nicely laid out for you too. I actually like the dial on the Canon 20D & 5D more than the XT's wheel... but cost was a factor too.
Don't necessarily just jump into the Sony pool quite yet though just because the alpha can use your current lenses. This may actually be a good time to switch systems. I'm not entirely sure how good the selection of Minolta lenses is and how their prices are compared with the monsters that are Nikon & Canon.
i did check that out, a 35-100mm wish IS canon is around 400$
since sony has the "super steady shot" i can use my 3 minolta lenses, they are in mint condition. so thats why i am leaning toward it, as far as i see the 30D is the equal to the A100, with a 400 dollar price difference and then i'd have to buy about 500$ worth of lenses for starters. so i am looking at 1800$ in total for the canon, i wouldnt mind getting it but its almost double the price.. still gotta wait for some reviews and hands on experience from other people.