Why couldn't you just plug into a standard extension cord in that case? A cheap extension cord can be had for only a couple of dollars and chances are you already have one laying around someplace.I do like the charger format, but I see some things that I don't like also. For example, the wife and I both have iPhones, and she has an iPad 2. One nice feature of the Apple chargers is that you can take the USB cable from the charger and replace it with a cheaply purchased 10 ft cable. Very nice to have, if you want to lounge on the couch wile charging, and have a nice long cable that allows you freedom to move around. I wonder if anyone will be manufacturing a cable extension that will plug into the existing one? Now to be fair, Microsoft did make the included charging cable much longer than the one that comes with Apple devices, but it would be nice to have the freedom to have a longer cable, but by no means a deal breaker. My $.02
Have you ever used micro-usb connectors under the same scenario? Probably the worst plug out there for ease of connectivity.Thanks for the replies. I'm glad to hear that it serves a functional purpose, and I can certainly appreciate some of them. My one issue has been with the difficulty in getting it connected... especially trying to get it lined up at night when I'm in bed and there's no light. Seriously, there are times when I'm in a rush, know the tablet could use a charge, but I don't bother because its just a little too inconvenient to get the connector lined up.