1. What is your budget? It's a gift but I don't want to break the bank I would say max $500 dollars US 2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? no not for this gift 3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible? i dont have a preference because I've never had one and dont have any experience in this at all 4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? 10 to 13-inches Above 13-inches Either those 2 because my mom will be using it mainly to just watch movies or check her email 5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]? US 6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? nope 7. How many hours battery life do you require? the longer the better, but my mom won't take it out of the house I don't think but maybe 8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc) email, web surfing, entertainment 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? no preference my mom is still using windows xp so its going to be a change no matter what she uses 10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc) microsoft office 11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list. i dont think she will play any intense games on a tablet 12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system? if possible yes Screen Specifics 1. Any preference on screen resolution? not sure just need a nice one for my mom this is going to be a gift and i dont have any info on tablets 2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun? she will probably be using it inside the majority if not primarily 3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig? dont know Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory? a big enough hd so she can store some of her music and movies 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? not sure Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? I guess the only thing to take into consideration is I'm just looking for any help because I no background or experience with tablets. I do frequent the laptop forums and where I got my gaming laptop. I want to get my mom a tablet as a gift because she has done so much since my dad passed away and she's always alone and I see her sitting on the couch watching some tv shows or movies on an old laptop my sister gave her its an HP probably 5 or 6 years old. I figure a nice tablet would be good because it would be more interactive because I've seen her struggle with using the touch pad on the laptop. I'd like a nice screen or resolution because she wants alot of shows and listens to music on there or streams it. Any advice you can give or help me out would be great. I'm looking to buy it soon I dont know if I want to wait til xmas to give it to her or just give it out of the blue because she deserves it.Also let me know if you think a new laptop would be better in your opinion.