Okay, information-gathering concluded. I figured out that a) I want a tablet omg and b) it makes more sense for me to get them online. Here's what everyone else has to say about everything else:
(Note, I summerized what they all actually said over instant messaging, email, and the 'net in general. That's why they are in brackets like that.)
makzu: [You can get by just fine with one of the smaller (and cheaper) ones.]
A.P.: [Yeah, but it is better to get one that's bigger! The transition is easier that way.]
JDR: [I do really well with one of the larger ones. It's highly recomendable.]
ghostangel: [Don't get anything too big, or they get clumsy and heavy.]
makzu: [You know, they have refurbished ones online that are about the size you want but for a lot less money.]
Me: Thanks everyone!
Now, let's track 'er down...