Shopping for a digital camera online sucks

I've been shopping for a digital camera online and have to say that the online shopping experience still sucks.  I'm not an expert photographer nor do I aspire to be ...but I can't figure out which camera to buy and the amount of time it takes to sort through the cameras, the reviews, the stores to buy, and the's enough to write a term paper about.

Can someone out there help me? I want a small camera to fit in my pocket that takes quality pictures and doesn't have a long delay (you know the delay from click to picture)...what should I buy and where?