Pros It is 'pretty' when it comes to layout. Clean and fast, it may be good for children.
Cons Unable to access needed third party programs for standard productivity. While prior windows operating systems were good base operating systems in the past, Windows has removed the ability for it to be a functional OS.
Summary I am severely disappointed with this version of windows. Due to its extreme restrictions and incompatibility with third party programs, I am forced to uninstall Windows RT find another OS that works on my tablet.
Pros Way faster than my Galaxy Note 10.1. The aluminum and glass construction is very nice. The interface is smooth, with no lag or delay. And there is a mouse touch-pad built into the keyboard. Finally a mouse interface on a tablet!
Cons I wish it came with an LTE option, but it is saves on battery to not have it. I just use my GS3 as a Hot Spot.
Summary Don't believe the haters. This device as well as the operating system perform quite well. Folks complain about the lack of apps in the Microsoft store, but forget . . . this thing has a FULL VERSION OF IE 10!!!!! What do I need a Facebook app for . . . I can just go to the site. IE 10 makes apps unnecessary.
Pros This is a real tablet that can do some laptop things. Comparing to a fully functional Windows 7 or 8 is moronic. Do you compare an iPad to a Mac book? No. This this is awesome, 1.0 or whatever you want to call is already ahead of everything.
Cons Apps and some minor app bugs, but its new so I'm not real worried about it.
Summary I've already given a review on another CNET review page. I am not a Microsoft fanboy, but I know it will be tough to convert iFans. This thing is awesome and shows so much promise. If you want to judge this thing off of Zune or Win7 phones...don't.
Pros Office, speed, easy to use, awesome video playback, better productivity than any other tablet (type-pad, split screen, office apps, remote desktop etc).
Cons Need more apps, willing to pay :)
Summary Unless you somehow decided it is going to replace your laptop, you won't be disappointed. Reading some reviews I was getting worried awaiting for my Surface to arrive, fortunately most of what I read was usual anti-ms BS. Running side-by-site with my daughter's iPad and liking it a lot more. Basically it is iPad++, admittedly missing robust ecosystem just yet but with better features out of the box and smarter OS.
"Incredible machine"on by troyrig
Pros Touch keyboard is as useful as it is cool, USB port, wide screen, durable design, MS Office, kickstand, slick interface, live tiles.
Cons Learning curve, no desktop apps outside of Office, limited apps (for the moment), windows logo rubs off easily from the back.
Summary Sure, it doesn't have 100's of thousands of apps yet but this is Windows - they will come fast. And the ones that are here look great. Live tiles make it easy to stay in the loop at a glance. It takes some time getting used to all the gestures, but once you do they make a lot of sense and are fun to use. Some may say they're complicated but they do offer more than just app switching and zooming like the iPad.
They ouch keyboard is also something that takes getting used to. But new technologies always do, and this cover/keyboard concept is so clever and useful it makes on screen keyboards seem awkward again. Having a USB port to connect keyboards or mice provides more options for those who want to use legacy devices.
The hardest element to quantify is the "feeling" you have from owning one. The original iPad was more limited than the Surface, but owning one felt - to borrow the word from Apple - magical. You get the feeling that you own something futuristic and enviable. You want to show it off to everyone. Making a productive device that's easy to use is one thing, to bundle that feeling in a device is something much harder to do. Microsoft has done a great job on both. I still have my iPad, but I'm using it less everyday and it's starting to lose it's magic the more I use my Surface.