I'm takin' in all you folks are giving me and I appreciate it. I've looked at the Nexus & Galaxy tablets & the Nooks, and a couple people I know have Apples. All are awesome devices.
@whs - As compared to my laptops the tablets I've seen sure seem to be faster. I sittin' here with a mouse (the thing connected to my computer, that is) and I can't go from site to site as fast as those tablet-guys do. Granted, my little 10" "netbook"(??), w the atom processor, is no match for most any new technology, but it's size is a real plus, that's why I use it most often on the road to surf. My powerful laptop is bulky and heavy and not to my liking away from the house. Major drawbacks with both are battery usage, speed, the mouse-thing, and the dull-looking screen, as compared to the new tablets.
@Xhi - I'm gonna look at the Acer asap, based particularly on your status as a guest-moderator. That indicates to me that you gotta know something about these things. Your avatar doesn't look very geeky to me, but hey, looks can be deceiving! Just joking!
Everyone - I definitely don't wanna go off the deep-end on a $600+ Apple laptop. Rather waste that kind of money on my boat. I'm not a "gamer", facebooker, etc., I just want to surf the net as easily as possible and carry as light a load as possible. All those apps available at the touch of a finger is pretty intriguing. Your help is much appreciated. Any other tips are more than welcome!