For those interested, I chose to go with the Surface tablet. I had a number of people recommend it, including some diehard Apple people! And my cousin, Sam, did some extra legwork and found a bundle for me. So I even got it at a great price! Thanks, Sam!
I think it was the right choice for me because, as my friend Sarah said, it’s the closest thing to a real computer. And I think that will be important for me.
It’s new. I’m still getting used to it. But I’m glad that I got it. First big trip purchase out of the way! Yay!