Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 11:23 UTC
Windows And there we are - the Surface Pro reviews are in. Reading through them all, there's clearly a common theme, and it's not particularly positive. We're a few months in now, so I think we can finally call it: Windows 8 and Surface are the wrong way to go.
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I'll Still Get One
by runjorel on Wed 6th Feb 2013 17:56 UTC
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I've been catching up on the reviews and I definitely understand the complaints. My only problem with the reviews I have read so far is that they either compare the Surface Pro (not speaking to the Surface/RT) to Laptops or Tablets. Because of the hardware and the full-blown OS, I really don't think these are fair comparisons. Reading some of these reviews is almost like reading a review from someone comparing the merits/faults of a Laptop in comparison to a Desktop and/or a Tablet. A Laptop has features of both a Desktop and a Tablet, but by no means is it the same product in either category. I feel it's the same with the Surface's not a laptop and it's not a's a ?. And I think that's the Surface Pro's main problem: device identification. It's not a tablet that converts to laptop with a lapdock etc. It's not a laptop that can go into tablet mode. It is what it is.

I am not saying that in defense of the Surface Pro, because I think MS should have done a better job communicating about what this is exactly and what problems this device has solutions for. But overall, despite some of the complaints, I think I will still be getting one, because I use a tablet with an on-screen keyboard when I am on the couch and I can do that on the Surface Pro. When I am at a coffee shop, desk, or table, etc. I can use it like I would a laptop. When I just want to browse the web, I will hop into tablet (Metro) mode. When I need to finish writing up some code, I'll hop back into the traditional desktop. All on ONE DEVICE. Sure for the same price I could buy both a tablet and laptop, but I don't mind spending the extra money to carry around ONE device. I am tired of carrying multiple devices.

Besides, I remember when the iPad came out and everyone laughed at it. They said it was just a big iPhone and that it wasn't going to do anything. It was going to flop. Now look at it. It has defined what tablet computing means. And I am not trying to foreshadow the market acceptance of the Surface Pro. I am just saying some ideas were thought of as stupid when they first came out, but then turned out to be really cool things.

Overall I think this is a good idea poorly communicated. I know a lot of people will disagree, but to each their own.

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