I think they both are good CPUs--for the right task.
If I'm going to get a CPU and use the embedded graphics, I might lean towards AMD more (although I did just build an Intel HTPC build, mainly because the AMD generated too much heat--if it didn't, I would have gone for it).
But if I want a server or high-end desktop that I'm going to be doing CAD on, I would then go Intel for sure.
They both have their positive and negative points. You have to just decide which one suits your needs best (budget, needs, etc). I have both brands of chips running in PCs and laptops in my house, and each works well for what I intended them for. It's kind of like the Chevy vs. Dodge vs. Ford arguments that go around in automotive circles. It depends on your needs, what you're willing to pay, and your experience with them. I think they both have their place. I feel that AMD makes better integrated graphics, but Intel makes chips that are better for high-precision tasks such as CAD and programming (not that you can't do them on an AMD, but most CAD programs I've seen are coded to favor Intels).
I agree 100%!
Also, if someone is running a Virtual PC, or multiple instances of a virtual PC like I do in exploring web-links that may be harmful, the Intel chip is definitely the way to go. Muti-threaded applications lean heavily in Intel's favor while, if I were only concerned with gaming and on a budget, I'd have no issues at all with using an AMD chip.