In early February I found myself standing in line to pick up my new Surface Pro. I was excited.
I was again at the Microsoft Holiday Store (pop-up kiosk in a local mall), and I saw the same staff as I had met 90 days earlier when I got my Surface RT.
There was a lot of buzz there that day and I enjoyed chatting with some local press writers, and lots of potential customers who wanted to know more about the machine. I was fortunate to have had the Surface RT for 90 days and felt comfortable talking about the physical aspects and usability issues of both machines. It was disappointing that so much of the negative market-speak was being bandied about as fact.
Perhaps the most misunderstood value proposition is the active stylus. That’s not new … people have been missing that point for nearly 10 years. But I was surprised that this singularly defining aspect of Windows 8 on Surface Pro was not even on the radar for many people. It seems that it has been overshadowed by touch, but it seems as though people have resigned themselves to that horrific experience of typing on a virtual keyboard. Sure the touch pad keyboard is good, and the type pad keyboard is great, but nothing beats the pure analog experience of drawing a curve to illustrate a movement.
I’ve had the Surface Pro for going on 90 days now, and the Surface RT for 100 days before that.
Often, for presentations and lectures, I’ll carry both but that’s probably because I really like to have a backup, and in a pinch, the Surface RT can stand in for most of what I do in a presentation or lecture.