A lot of people are drawn to the Pro because it's 'better' - better specs, better screen, bigger drives etc.
However I personally think that this is 'old world' thinking.
The real question is whether you need (and I mean really need) Desktop apps (beyond Office of course, since that comes built-in on the RT).
If you're using the Surface RT as a secondary device to a main desktop PC (like me), then you'll probably be able to do without desktop software. Most of the stuff you do is web-based, or there will be apps available. Light users who choose the RT as their only device will probably be quite happy too.
In business things might be different - desktop software is going to be much more important there.
I for one feel that for my needs, RT is an excellent tablet - I just don't feel the need to 'go pro'.
I agree. On the other hand here is an example of new school thinking that gets applied to the Pro: It is a rectangle with a touch screen and without a keyboard (a "tablet") therefore the battery should last 10 hours
There is absolutely a difference in a "form factor tablet" (touch screen rectangle without a keyboard) and a "common modern use tablet" (taken to mean an iPad type device). One is purely about the shape and is the traditional meaning of the word. There were tablets for hundreds of years before there were even computers The other is now meant to be a highly portable device that is a subclass of computer built on mobile processors with limited functionality and longer battery life compared to traditional computers. Technically smart phones are just small tablets under the common modern use but nobody calls those "tablets." The use of the word tablet is very skewed these days to arbitrarily incorporate device attributes rather than simply designate form.
This is quickly becoming a peave with me as the lines are blurred in the performance of devices. Arbitrary attribute assignment isn't going to cut it and specific terminology needs to be developed if we have any chance of communicating about these devices in the future. Perhaps "tablet" is taken to mean the form (touch screen rectangle without keyboard) and "mobile tablet" is taken to mean "less powerful" (the attributes) tablets (the form) while "ultra tablet" can mean "PC based" (the attributes) tablets (the form).
Anybody still with me?