Camera Question

I don't know how to top the last post. Can't be done. Unless I bowl at the Parthenon or something.

So I'll pose a question: I'm toying with the idea of getting a digital SLR camera but I never even bother to bring my little point-and-shoot with me anywhere, just the iPhone. I'm wondering whether it is worth paying the money for a nice camera if the thing is too big to tote around.

What do you all think? Any camera recommendations for a beginner are also appreciated! Thanks!