I took my MacBook anyway as I was worried that the business stuff might turn out to be too much for the Surface. And as it went: I ended up having to do a complex quote and document using info from various sources, type shit loads and make it all look professional. And then ensure that I could access the document on other devices as the result warranted.
Time spent using Surface: 100%
Time spent using MacBook: 0%
Bloody brilliant it was: absolutely a viable travel alternative to a laptop. Incredibly light and neat, totally up to business-grade stuff but with all the fun shit and convenience of a tablet.
Now then, the Surface is also chock-full-o-flaws but somehow it's managed to pull off that weird trick of being a flawed tech item that makes you love it a bit for it's failings as much as it's successes. It has charm. It really does feel like it did to own a Palm Pilot in the good old days of hardcore PDAs.
One item that isn't flawed (apart from the hinge-seam splitting flaw, apart from that) is the touch cover. Anyone who moans about that is either an idiot or has the hands of a fish - it is straight up brilliant. You can type fast, the touchpad is eerily good and it works fine on a desk, or perched on the bed while the user lies on their fat gut idly surfing the internet (or allowing their hairy shoulders to frighten their small son via the magic of in-bed Skype).
Of course most devices like this have ultimately failed: Newton, Palm, WebOS. This one probably will do too but I know I'm going to love using it till the very end.
Also just bought my first paid for app on the Win8 store.
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