Ok, so let's break this down, objectively.
more dynamic range,
Than what? A T2i? Yes, it does. Apx. 1EV, which is easily recoverable in RAW processing or by using HTP.
But what does that link really tell us?
Clearly, the a35 has a larger DR until about 640ISO, where it is ousted by both the T2i and D5100 (and quite mightily by the latter across the board). So if you're a low-ISO landscape shooter that doesn't care to work in RAW format, the a35 may be the better option in that regard.
Could be useful if you're an HDR junkie, I suppose. Software and technique (exposure blending) trump this, IMO.
phase detect AF even in video,
PDAF in video isn't going to be putting any focus pullers out of jobs, and you still have the issue of focusing noise being captured by even an external mic. Sony's SSM drive is still audible, as is Canon's USM, et al.
And how deep is the buffer? Not only that, but the EVF presents a timing issue, where the actual shot is behind (in regards to capture time) the displayed image. It is marginal, of course, but that small margin may make or break a great action photo.
in body IS,
Useful if you don't use a tripod, although the verdict is still out on whether it's better than in-lens stabilization -- this not only refers to its actual effectiveness in the final image, but it doesn't stabilize the finder, which is a HUGE negative if you're a telephoto shooter or expect exact framing.
in camera panoramic,
Just like every other camera body with this option, it still shows ghosting from mismatched images.
wireless flash controller
Useful if you're a flash user, but then why make such a big stink about sensor stabilization?
etc.. I'm seriously not trying to be a fanboy, these are just facts. If you want a Canon or Nikon in this price range that does less then that's your choice.
We still have the issue of lens quality/availability, and the MP industry has pretty much solidified Canon as the #1 for HDSLR video capture. Did they use any Sony cameras in any recent Hollywood title? My guess is no.
Personally, I like bang for the buck.
And, clearly, you're the precise demographc Sony wants to sell to.
EDIT: Even the OP is having to worry about getting IS lens... That's just another + that I don't even have to think about that.
IS is useless for some people, and not desirable in some situations, It is certainly not the end-all feature that you are implying.