Pros -Fast, fluid, buttery smooth
-great screen quality, extremely bright
-sub 8 second boot time, if you get a chance in a store try it it is unbelievably fast!
-runs legacy programs
-touch cover once you get used to it is very nice
Cons -its a bit thick and heavy, my iPad 4 is still my go to device for netflix or youtube
-adjustable kickstand would be nice
-battery life is ~5 hours in moderate use, I tend to plug in when playing steam games or programming in visual studios.
Summary It fast its fluid its sexy and best of all IT RUNS WINDOWS.
Finally able to work on the go with a small sleek device that does it all, I was hesitant to jump on the first gen but have no regrets! I intend to upgrade to surface pro if haswell improves battery life and bulk.
It is well worth the price, and the pros definitely outweigh the negatives!!
Overall it is a great tablet, the most uncompromising tablet experience I have ever had!
Pros great screen, best keyboard, apps/full programs choice, boot up is super fast, size, casing feels well made, screen definition is great.
Cons windows should have come up with it a couple of years ago, other than that no cons.
Summary best of both worlds, the surface pro close the gap between a tablet and a computer, you can use it to read the news, listen to your favorite tune, watch videos in one of the best screens or be serious and get things dome from work and well as full software such as adobe, office, citrix applications, in my opinion Redmond did hit the nail on this one. It has replaced my ipad and my mac bookpro ever since I got it
Pros -Light, portable, great form factor
-Gorgeous hardware receives compliments in cafes
-Perhaps the best symbiosis between Windows 8 and any hardware
-Effective for quick browsing yet is fantastic for a project/work
-Beautiful screen res.
Cons -Hard to use as a laptop on a lap, the stand isn't sturdy enough to balance on knees. In other words, this device isn't comfortable to use on its own on a couch, you'll need a surface for your Surface.
-Only available in 1 screen size
Summary I'm an IT professional w/ 15 years of experience under my belt. I've seen hardware come and go. Everything was promised to be a revolution. In general, the trend line has been towards immense progress. Many bad technologies have been cast aside for one reason or another. However, I do believe that this machine is an incredible leap forward. There are precious few kinks to work out.
Fortunately, Microsoft seems to be working hard on an upgrade that will be free and automatic for all users of Windows 8. If the upgrade is in any way similar to the beta I've been testing, then the software kinks will be a thing of the past. (ie., hard to find menus, can't boot to a desktop, etc)
The only two outstanding problems I see with the Surface are:
A) you can't use his as a laptop on your couch without a flat tray or other piece of hardware to support your Surface. We have a couple of dinner trays near the couch ('merica!) that now double as a flat surface for our Surface. Like an iPad, the Surface is never too far away from our living room couches. I do hope that a future hardware revision to the Surface would somehow account for this. To be FAIR - there's not a single tablet in the market that is sold with a built-in stand at all, so I'm criticizing a feature that doesn't even exist in the competition.
B) This device only comes in one size. Now, you might think I'm nitpicking, but this is actually a problem. Many enterprise applications are rendered in a specific, unchangeable size, which is truly the developer's fault. However, the 10" display on the Surface makes these applications basically unreadably small. This forces the user to constantly zoom in and out of the applications. While this is largely an issue shared between the Surface and the iPad v5, completely blamed on the 3rd party software companies, and not terribly resolvable any time soon...it's something that would be resolved by a >14" screen size since that's the 3rd party developer's expectations when they build and test their software.
There are almost too many positives to mention.
A)FORM FACTOR! Like I said earlier, this device is revolutionary. It's in the kitchen displaying a recipe for baked steelhead trout, another recipe for grilled polenta and yet another for gorgonzola encrusted asparagus while playing classical music. It then moves with us into the family room for my 1y.o. daughter to play "Animal Noises" with, then it's used to put her to bed while we read Dr. Seuss books from our Amazon Kindle app. Then, it's used to VPN into work or use Citrix to file a few notes before bed. Then, it's used to show a little HBO Go or to use our Netflix app to catch up on the How I Met Your Mother. This could not be accomplished with one device if it weren't so capable.
B) COMPATIBILITY! This thing plugs into a USB docking station and 2 external monitors when I work from home. It accesses my DLNA music collection over my home network. It uses my wifi printers, a Bluetooth keyboard and an external USB drive with absolutely no issues. It even found and installed all the drivers for me when I plugged it in. It even found and installed the printers on my network before I asked it to do so. It just works. This is huge for Microsoft. Things usually don't JUST work.
C) WORK! This machine does everything for me. I can connect to work, run all of the applications at work and use things like MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, 3 different browsers. I even encrypted the hard drive with hard drive encryption software so that, if it were stolen, it'd be a pretty looking brick.
D) HD SCREEN! I love the fact that this thing dazzles with multimedia. Getting a true HD screen in a laptop is a very expensive proposition even today, with a MacBook or very high end laptop necessary. Sure, the iPad has better screen resolution, but this screen seems brighter and smoother in comparison. Did I mention it's compatible with just about every format of video, every modern game, etc?
In Summary, I'd love to see where they go with this device. I'm remarkably impressed. In fact, so much so that this is my first product review on CNET in 15 years.
Pros Easy to use and more functionality than any other tablet on the market.
Cons Price is a bit high and battery could be better.
Summary Let me just say I am an avid Apple fan, owning every Apple product from iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, 1st through 3rd generation iPad and every iPhone to date and Apple TV from 1st generation. I though Apple could do no wrong and loved everything about their designs, their products and went all in with Mac, getting rid of my PCs. I though Microsoft was done and laughed when someone told me they bought a PC. Up until now, I have tried other tablets (Sony, Samsung) but they just never compared to iPad. However what iPad lacked was the functionality to transition to business. I do a lot of writing in my business and thought the iPad could assist being so portable but it never could.
Microsoft has reinvented itself and launched full force into the tablet world with a magnificent machine capable of being both tablet and full fledged PC all in one incredible package. I sold my iPad 3 64GB since it was not only dusty and cobwebbed from not being used, but I was quite frankly bored with it. Apps, apps and more apps but the problem was, it lacked further functionality and productivity. Yes I could check my bank account and control my TV and go on the web browsing, but it got old and whatever dreams Apple had of inventing tablets and being the leader is slowly slipping away and I feel disappeared with Steve Jobs. Sure there was magic in the first iPad, but it is old and not even close to what Microsoft has created with this latest creation. Like you reading this now, I screened hundreds of reviews on the Surface, on every type of electronics website and found only a few negative reviews (Apple die hards). For the most part, all are positive and they are absolutely correct. This is a brilliant piece of technology, and Windows 8 does take getting used to but no different than when I had to get used to new Apple OS releases annually. Plus I plugged this tablet into a 23" monitor and it is like I have a full PC in a tiny package. It is fast, efficient and I can take care of business and still browse applications. Sure the Microsoft App store is nothing compared to iTunes, but this is how iTunes started and in time, there will be thousands of apps flooding this store. This is not a fluke and not a tablet that will quickly disappear. Microsoft has truly broke ground on what a tablet should be, an all in one Ultrabook in tablet form. Until Apple comes out with something even close to this, I am not going back to iPad. By the way, the guy that bought my iPad was buying it for his 7 year old so go figure what that technology has turned into.
Pros intel i5 processor with 4Gigs of RAM and a fast SSD.
True multi-function capability.
Blazing fast browser speeds...no kidding!
ANY program that runs on Windows 7/8 on the desktop will run on the Surface Pro.
Super responsive Wacom stylus.
Summary For media consumption I use either my iPad 3 or Galaxy Note 10.1. But for portable productivity there is really no other option in a tablet. Can't wait for Surface Pro 2 with Haswell.