"Very impressive tablet that allows for creation/typing"4.5 starson by barrett1134
Pros: First tablet that truly can be used for creation and typing, and that actually lives up to that need
Ports and expandable memory :USB,HDMI compatibility, SDXC cards
Fast and beautiful to use (Win 8 RT)
Long battery life
Awesome kickstand and keyboard
Cons: Obviously very light on popular iOS and Android apps for now.
Windows RT is really good, but will need some TLC and a few updates to smooth out the rough edges.
Learning to use another new OS takes a bit of getting used to.
Wish Office 2013 was Metro
Summary: Having had a chance to get a hands on with this today (friend of mine works at MS and has had it for a bit but finally let me check it out) I can say I no longer have any reservations about ordering this.It is amazing, and makes my iPad feel kinda old. I have toyed with Windows 8 a bit on some older non-touch laptops. Actually being able to use the touch screen took me from being impressed but somewhat skeptical of Win8 to being a believer. It just works, and I am impressed. I believe in the Microsoft vision. I own a Windows Phone now (used to own BB and Android), and I love my XBOX a bit too much... That said, I wasn't really completely sold on Windows 8 until today. I ordered a Surface knowing it might sell out, and hoping that if it was a great product I would end up being the first to own one, but if it wasn't great, then being able to return it. I love it. My iPad is great. Kids love the apps (which I will surely need to see more of in the marketplace for Win8 RT), but I needed and now will finally have a tablet that I can type on and build and run PowerPoint presenations at my school/business. This is huge, and using a keyboard that so beautifully attaches/detaches from this tablet, I suspect I will eventually wonder how Apple didn't see this coming and never built one. All in all, Microsoft has some obvious work to do to clean up some rough edges... I am sure with a little more time I will see them more and more, but there were a few just in my time giving this a spin. That said, the experience is really amazing to hold and use. I am really really impressed so far, and I think that the future is bright for Windows 8 products (not just Surface). Also, I am split between the Surface and the Surface Pro (w/ intel inside). I truly wish I could have an intel one today, but I believe the cost will be more than I want to part with today. As I need to replace an aging and nearly dead HP laptop, I am now confident that the Surface RT will fill the needs of my previous laptop usage well, and instead I will be buying an All-in-One touch screen HP or Dell soon. So, in short, I went from being on the fence but leaning towards expecting this to be a good/great product, to being convinced it is a good/great product. If you want a tablet that allows for all of the current functionality of 10" tablets, but also want a modern, beautiful, and exciting new User Interface that allows for typing and actual creation of Powerpoint, Word, and Excel type productivity, the Surface is a great candidate in a class of its own. If you need the apps right now because the tablet is used to keep kids busy or you have a very specific app need, you likely wont get any of that for at least a few months (Apple's app store has about 250k of apps, and Windows app store is not projected to be at 250k apps until this time next year). My suggestion is to go to a Microsoft store and give it a shot and see what you think. Personally, I am loving what I tried this morning. Also, I believe that the 7" tablets are a great choice for consumption, while 10" tablets like this are gonna be your best choice for creation... just my two cents. Enjoy it. It is fantastic!So, I have been using the Surface for nearly a month now, and for what equates to several hours a day. I have found things I love, and things I don't love. That said, this is still the most amazing piece of Tech I have ever personally used. It is everything I have been looking for in a tablet, and yet it has nearly replaced my laptop. I say nearly, because the Surface is not as powerful as my 3year old HP Gaming laptop. I can and do use my Surface for typing articles, browsing the web, video consumption, games, and most importantly running PowerPoint presentations. For all of those things, it is absolutely terrific. The kickstand is incredible, and the Touch Cover keyboard is very functional. The areas I would love to see improved come down to some nitpicky things like getting Office 2013 to run only in Metro interface. And, just to point out that the Type Cover will be my next purchase as I tried one the other day and it truly is a full keyboard that is ridiculously thin. Grade = A-
Updated on Nov 18, 2012