1. It's your opinion. I think the second one looks better 2. Nope, they are all crap. But it shouldn't matter so much at this stage. 3. USB connector thing. Costs 150+ usually. But normally people record by mics.
If you are looking to get into a band. You WILL need to upgrade your guitar and amp in the future. This is just your first guitar. So it doesn't really matter which one you go for. Personally I'd go for the second one as Gio is better than whatever the first one is.
What style do you play (or most likely to play?)
Another thing. You might get more if you go used. Check out your local guitar stores and eBay for used guitars.