Tips on a User friendly Tablet

My laptop is fantastic and I’m really enjoying using it but I’m wondering if I should also get myself a tablet. I decided to stop driving some years ago when the arthritis in my legs made it difficult to break and use the clutch in my car. So, I travel by train and bus absolutely everywhere. I am blessed to live very close to a train station and, what with my old fogey discounts, I regularly go on day trips to other towns, cities or country villages. It’s a bit of a pain carrying my laptop around with me but I like to do this because I have become addicted to reading the news online. For one, it’s free but also I can be more selective about the news I read online, choosing news sites that report with integrity rather than the readily available newspapers that sensationalize the news or try to persuade readers to hold bigoted points of view. I prefer to seek out news that is reporting on real events and the reality of our world today. I don’t care much for hearing about Lady Gaga’s latest fashion faux pas or why I should be scared of Muslims. So, I’d like to be able to read the news during my long train journeys but not on my heavy laptop. After all, once I get to my destination I have no use for the thing but have to carry it around in my backpack until I get back on the train to return home. It’s a pain for a man of my age with arthritis and general aches and pains. The thought of using a tablet terrifies me a little. I’ve only just started to get my head around using the laptop. What I’m looking for, therefore, is something really simple and user friendly. Can anyone recommend a tablet that is lightweight and super simple to use. I imagine I will only use it to access the internet so it doesn’t need to have any fancy features, other than its ease of use. Thanks in advance for your help! Gerrard.