I was intrigued and, I must admit, frustrated enough from the... perspectives offered by the review from which this discussion spawned. After reading through the comments, it seems that it is very hard for people to avoid the "One True Way" mentality. This particular thread seems to be supping most heavily from Apple, which is perhaps fair enough if one is to believe the claims of bias against the reviewer. One imagines that if the review had been put together by someone charged as being an "Android fanboy" we would have seen the typical "Suck it, Apple!" comments and a bit of Android One True Wayism.
Now, it seems, the only thing that might be considered a tongue-in-cheek positive is that both camps can unify to bash the "new kid on the block."
I wonder if reviews would be more tempered if they were performed by people that had put their money in the till on more than one device? That they might have a preference is understandable, but so often in these reviews I do come away with the impression that the reviewer has made their choice and nothing is going to change their mind, thus even the merits of a device are brushed underneath the carpet.
For example, the IE HTML 5 browser test that measures, obviously, HTML 5 elements and it performs at one-third of even an iPhone-x. The i-Gadget is put on a platform and lauded, while the Surface sucks. Let's be truthful here, though, it's IE that sucks. It always has done.
How about another batch of truth? iPhone-x and iPad-x kinda suck when compared against, say, Chrome on a desktop PC. But... but... It's kind of going to. Apples and Oranges. I ran the same test on Chrome and, from memory, it scored over 4,500. IE9? Just over 2,000.
Apples and Oranges. I cannot carry my desktop around with me. Even my laptop is a bit of a pain sometimes.
What about one of the strengths of the Surface? The rear camera. When in keyboard configuration it is angled slightly so that you get a view that is perpendicular to the surface (ha!) upon which it suits. That's an awesome idea for students wanting to record video of a lecture, so great feature. Well, except if it's an auditorium-style lecture hall in which case you get to take some great pictures of the ceiling joists or you have to hold it and waggle it around just like the greater majority of devices out there.
Of course, it's not specifically designed for that, nor are most tablets. (On the other hand, awesome productivity gadget for private detectives and stalkers. "What, being creepy? Me? Noooo. I'm working on a budget report in Excel <left swipe> See?")
Software issues? Personally it's not the lag--real or hyper-analysed by users of one gadget or another--but considerations of the UI. Windows mail, for example, would be much more usable if it happened to do something other than use emboldened text to show an unread email. It would be great if Calendar would actually sync all of the calendars that are attached to my Gmail account rather than just the main one (obviously I have them attached for a reason).
There are of course going to be workflow issues. I illustrated one with regards to "power" use of documents on Android and i-Gadgets (at least in my experience). Surface is fantastic for this and my Prime and iPad2 lag significantly behind? On the other hand, as a general carry around device that integrates my various apps, Android works very well for me because I'm invested in it--Droid Razr Maxx and ASUS Transformer (and another couple of tablets that are used in very specific circumstances such as needing a daylight-readable screen or not). i-Gadgets lag behind in this in both the UI and UX, though I could certainly make it work if I were to wholeheartedly switch over.
So come on! Consider the features, be they flaw or merit. And if you're going to stamp up and down on anything, let it be One True Wayism.