#1
Which is better for a person who has been playing about a year who just plays with friends and occasionally plays a small gig. I would like a wide range of sounds to be available to me, even without pedals. I am not a huge fan of the idea of downloading presets though.
#2
you've only been playing for a year and gig? honestly if you are playing with a drummer then neither of those will be great choices unless your drummer really keeps it down. you should be able to save your own settings into preset patches if that is what you want with either amp. what kind of music are you playing? 
#4
monwobobbo We already have a speaker as a band. I just wanted something to practice and potentially record and do small-scale gigs (school open mics and stuff) with.