Thanks to everyone who has responded to my dilemma of what kind of computer to get. I think I will go shopping today and just look around. Windows 7 won't be available until the end of October, and it's a long time until the end of October from where I'm sitting.
I just checked the AT&T coverage map and where I am located is solidly in the blue, so I can't understand why I'm not getting a decent signal.
More later -
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