it's all about your preferance. i personally do not like Fender. i dont like their tremelo setup. that's why i got the Ibanez (black one) it was simillar to a strat, but had a thinner neck (i have smaller hands) and a floyd rose tremello knock off, but is liscensed by them. you get what you pay for, so a $200 guitar wont be the best guitar ever but will be a start. the black one was $550, the red one (which is the best guitar i've ever played so far) was $1200.
the squire (cheap fender) can be a good guitar. i heard that 1 of every 100 is a pretty good guitar. i personally am not one to know which is the best by the first time playing a guitar.
i dont know much about samick guitars. i do not like my acoustic much. it's a lot harder to play. acoustics in general are.