Bringing iPad to a stylus discussion is a low blow, especially to a lefty like me. I spent 2 months trying to figure out a way to take good notes on an iPad. Impossible I say!
Exactly! I successfully replaced my ThinkPad W700 with the Surface Pro; I reinstalled and am running all my apps without any issues.TuCows and all those programs you can still put on the Pro. Virtually nothing of legacy programs is missing (though there may be touch compatibility issues etc. with the new version of Windows).
I'm a security- and speed-freak, so when originally researching the Surface Pro and I discovered that it didn't have an Ethernet port, I immediately started another research: Ethernet via USB.Almost none of the thin and light ultrabooks come with Ethernet ports.
Availability - as a blogger pointed out, when Apple products are hard to get, it's headlined as 'Apple in Hot Demand!' When Surface sells out, it's headlined as: 'Microsoft Blows the Surface Debut by Lack of Inventory.' The tech media seem to save an entire quiver of poison arrows just for Microsoft. Get over it.
Launch was an utter disaster. At the end of that weekend, I started to question if the 128GB model had really launched and was truly available for purchase. At one point I called MS and the customer service rep told me that the 128GB model was not out yet! That weekend was just full of conflicting information. Furthermore, it was clear that decent quantities were not in stock no matter which store you went to.Get real. Microsoft DID blow the launch; having 0-2 64GB models available at each store the day of your launch is very, very different than the typical Apple launch where at least dozens if not hundreds of devices will be allocated to a store, and, and this is the big one, you can place an order online and just wait to have one delivered! Microsoft would have saved themselves from the bulk of the criticism if they had just allowed people to place an order and wait. Instead they forced people to chase three different inventory systems, run around town checking stores, and place repetitive calls, just to find one available.