Hello all! I am one of the lucky 10k educators that received a Surface RT at the ISTE conference back in late June. I was shopping for a new tablet and waiting to get my big summer check at the end of June to buy one. I had decided on the Samsung Note 8. I had not really considered the Surface or a Windows 8/Windows RT before I went to Best Buy to check out the Samsung Note (after doing all my earlier research online.) I saw the Surface RT as well as another Windows RT tablet and was intrigued enough to go home and check it out online. Of course all I ran into were horrid reviews. As I said, I decided on the Note 8 because I like the idea of pen input. THEN I got the Surface at the conference. Threw me off my track. The Surface looks good, feels good, has a cool factor with the touch cover. I spent a lot of time trying to love it and hardware wise it is VERY easy to love. Still I was convinced I wanted a Note 8. I finally went out and bought one. But after a month the Surface, the Note fell flat. For one thing, the pen on the Note could only be used with a few specific apps, while on my Surface, I'd used the handwriting recognition keyboard with facebook, word, forums, etc. Less than 24 hours after purchasing, I packed the Note 8 up and took it back. There's just something I like about the RT. I like the sturdiness of the hardware. I like the 10.6 screen size. I like the battery life, I like the handwriting recognition even with a goofy stylus. I like the kickstand and the keyboard. I like the laptop-yness to it. I like that it is a good companion to my home PC running Windows 8. I like real office. Now granted I have access to ios through my work ipad and I have access to android devices as well. I'm not missing out on anything in the other ecosystems. It took me getting one for free unfortunately, but now that I KNOW, I would choose Surface RT over other tablets especially at 350. I'm waiting for the right time to get a Pro... but right now it's not worth the price to me over the FREE Surface I have now.