Bobray, could you please put a space between your punctuation and the rest of your sentence/next sentence? It is rather difficult and unpleasant to read when your paragraphs look like run-on sentences.
Also, how about posting a pic or two that's gone wrong? There have been so many positive reviews of the SD700 and I've seen enough good pics from it - from Steve as well as DC Resource and DP Review. Are the quality issues you are noticing on screen or only when printing? I s it possible your SD700 is defective?
I have an A620 and had an A85 previous to that. Both cameras are capable of producing quality photos, including in Auto mode. There was certainly no regression moving from the A85 to the A620.