I've had lots of other tablets from iPads to Nooks to Galaxy's etc. They were all mostly toys. I always wanted a tablet that could work hard and play hard and that's what I have with the SP. Things are a little slow at work today so I created a VM with the Win 8.1 preview to play around with. I could never even dream of doing something like that with my previous tablets. This thing rocks and I have to say I'm very impressed with 8.1.