So I recently bought a Surface Pro and am pleasantly surprised so far. However the media makes it seem like the Microsoft is desperately trying to promote the Surface Pro 3 over the iPad and is failing miserably (CNN anchors and NFL commentators): http://www.businessinsider.com/cnn-anchors-use-surface-pro-3s-to-prop-up-ipads-2014-11 Here’s my take: As a tablet I think the Surface Pro 3 does fall short of the iPad. However this is not because of the device itself but the because of the lack of app availability. I think the Surface Pro 3 can easily replace the iPad if Windows had the same apps (with same functionality) as Apple, but it doesn’t. As a laptop I think the Surface Pro 3 does not match the functionality of Macbook Air because of an inferior keyboard and trackpad. Otherwise I think the device itself might even be better than an Macbook Air given it touchscreen and other capabilities. Honestly though, given the thinness and size of the touch keyboard, I’m not sure what MS could have done to make it better. Given my short experience with the Surface Pro 3 so far, I think it does a fairly good job functioning as both a table and a laptop, and I think the media has unfairly targeted it. However I do think that Microsoft can do a better job at pushing app development on the Windows platform. Once it does that, I think the Surface line will excel.