Sorry but I am going to disagree with all the previous posts. I know that is not very helpful when you are trying to reach a decision on what camera to get but we all have different opinions.
For my first digital camera I would get an inexpensive compact, say a Canon A495 or similar model. Why? It will be easy to use and easy to carry around with you at all times. It will give decent picture quality for the money and will enable you to see if you really will sustain an interest in photography.
The basics such as proper framing, exposure, choice of shooting angle etc can all be practiced just as easily on a compact as a DSLR at much less cost.
After a while you may then want to upgrade to a DSLR in which case your compact will still be handy as a back-up go-anywhere camera or you can pass it on to a friend or relative who may be interested in taking up photography.