Thanks to everyone for the info.
Sorry, I forgot to mention a budget. Was looking to stay around $500, willing to push it to $600 if there is really that big of a difference in what I like. Also, I had originally planned to buy this weapon for CC, but after reading so much over the past few weeks I have decided I want this gun to be more of a range piece. At this point I want something reliable and that can help me simply reach a comfort level of owning, handling, and operating a handgun. I plan to take a couple of beginner courses soon after purchasing. Once I get through with those classes I will be ready to move on to CC. However, I plan to go with a revolver for CC.
Thanks again for all the opinions!
One last question, what is a what brand is M&P?