I agree about the first impression of the outside of the touch cover, however it occurred to me that it is designed that way to sit solidly on a smooth surface without sliding when you type. the cover is excellent and has performed well so far.
two days with surface
The only computer in my bag from now on. my ipad feels like a toy compared to this and will live in the family room for games.
What an amazing user experience and fabulous piece of hardware. I have no doubt that the app issue will be solved soon as windows 8...