It's a good bit better than my current cameras in every way that I have used it so far, especially how easy it is to adjust ISO (set to FN key 1st item), exposure, and aperture while in manual. It's really slick in that regard. That said, I've only had it a few weeks, so it's not had a great deal of use yet. I haven't gone so far as to test it against my other P&S head to head or anything, but that is an interesting idea. If you have something specific in mind let me know...I could probably do it - I'll be around all afternoon.
I haven't had any issues with the AWB, but I do shoot RAW so I can adjust WB in post.
The best deal I found was direct from Sony.com for $584 (still valid as of now, just checked again). Link