"So you're of Andy's mind that the other cameras are better quality but for long distance zooming in the Fuji has more capability.... hmmm... "
No, that's not what Andy said - what he said was, "The Fuji is OK but isn't considered one of the top ultrazoom point and shoots."
Since there are no other ultrazooms in your original list, neither he nor I was trying to insinuate that any of those other cameras have better image quality than the Fuji.
If you want to deviate from your list, take a look at the Fuji S100fs.
i'll check the s100fs out, thanks