1. What is your budget? Ideally, $500-800, but will consider up to $1000. 2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? I prefer new, but will consider purchasing refurbished directly from the manufacturer. I do not think I can trust buying used from a private party. 3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible? Will consider any. This will be a portable device for school and studying on the go, so lighter is better. However, I will definitely want a keyboard option available for times when diagrams aren't necessary and typing will be faster than inking. I have no preference as to whether the keyboard is a docking, snap-on type or simply a separate bluetooth device. I am not opposed to a permanently attached convertible keyboard, but I think that will be my last choice, of the three. 4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? 10-13 inches, but will consider others. 5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]? USA 6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? Not really. I have always had Macs, so I have no experience with Windows or Android devices. I know that I now need to switch to use OneNote (and obviously the iPad is out for handwriting : ( )! But open to suggestions... 7. How many hours battery life do you require? 4+, the longer the better. 8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc) By far, my number 1 priority is taking handwritten notes in OneNote, but I will also need some typed notes. Then, I will also be using it for email and web surfing, possibly some word processing. 9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently? Open to all. I already own an iPhone and a Mac laptop, so I want this to be either Windows or Android so that I can take advantage of Microsoft OneNote. 10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc) OneNote!! Primarily. I might also occasionally run other Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. 11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list. No. 12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system? No. Well, actually, I've never considered this before, but I guess I wouldn't mind. Screen Specifics 1. Any preference on screen resolution? No preference, but higher is preferred. 2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun? See the above linked FAQ for guidance This would be preferred, but not a deal-breaker. 3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig? See the above linked FAQ for guidance Yes, yes, yes!! Absolutely require a pen with pressure sensitivity. From what I can see, Wacom seems to be much preferred, so I would say Wacom. But feel free to give other suggestions with explanations! Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory? Doesn't matter. I can always back up to my laptop. 2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs? Doesn't matter - again, would be nice, but not a deal-breaker. Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? Overall, looking for the best tablet that will allow me to take handwritten notes on OneNote in class for things that require diagrams (like physics, biochem, physiology, genetics and other science classes). I want to also have a keyboard available for instances where diagrams are not necessary. Other than that, I will browse the web, check emails and might occasionally use other Microsoft Office apps, like Word/Excel/PP for lab reports, projects and presentations. I will also be annotating PDFs. Obviously, I want it to be somewhat fast and allow me to run multiple apps at once, etc. I am accustomed to the speed of my MacBook. I was originally thinking that I will need a device that runs a full version of Windows to use OneNote, but today I started considering Android options. Would it be realistic for my needs to use something like the Samsung Note 10.1 with a third party app like MobileNoter, without syncing to a PC (I don't own a PC, only a MacBook). Open to all suggestions, pros and cons, etc. Thank you for all your help!! Been struggling with this problem for about 2 months now.... (So far, I have been wanting to wait for the Surface Pro, but I am interested in and overwhelmed by all the other Windows 8 options by other manufacturers. Also, a bit discouraged by Surface RT reviews. Also, looking for input as to whether Android devices like the Samsung Note 10.1 or Lenovo Tablet or..... will fit the needs described above) I have no experience with tablets! Open to all new suggestions!! 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?