Barry, the LCD is a "tick box" only if you don't use it. I, like Cholly, use it quite often. To you it's useless, to me it's valuable. You prefer GPS. To me GPS is a "tick box" and not something I've ever desired to have or use on a camera. To me it's useless. To you it's valuable. I, like you, would prefer the 2-dial top. I haven't owned a camera with that since the a100. To us it's valuable, to others it's useless. The same goes with every feature you can think of. Everybody uses a camera differently. If you ask me, the most useless feature on any DSLR is "Auto" and all the other little symbol related presets on the dial. Garbage! All of them. However, to some people they are necessary. And in reality, they are probably necessary to sell the camera. I'd prefer to have a dial that is A, S, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. for presets. The a99ii has Auto, P, A, S, M, 1, 2, 3, Movie, and Sweep. Really!? Auto? You gotta be joking! Dump the Auto, P, and Sweep and then add 3 more spaces for custom presets. If this is a pro level camera bought by pro's, I'm pretty sure that these 3 settings are never, ever, used. But that's my opinion I guess and there will be enthusiasts and even newbies, that purchase this body and so they are included.
I say all this not to start an argument, but rather to say that we all have our preferences. The perfect camera for me, will never be made. So, I find the one that has the closest feature to my ideal, and purchase it. My only concern right now, is that when it comes time to buy a new body, will I have to change mounts. I hope not.