So Long, Surface

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Twenty days ago I got a Microsoft Surface. I hadn't planned to but when my sister, who works for a PR company in New York, told me should could get one at US prices, tax free, I though, hell, why not?

So let me tell you about me.
I'm a part time web developer, part time househusband, living in Yorkshire, England I've used Microsoft products since a 386-16 running Windows 3 I bought back in about 1990 and my only "defections" to Apple have been a Macbook bought 4 years ago so I could run Rapidweaver to manage a customer's existing websites and an iPhone 3GS which I passed to my wife and reverted to my trusty HD2


My wife is a special needs teacher and uses a first gen iPad to set up apps for her kids who use a mixture of iPads and Touches as communication aids and education tools. To be honest I've never really used it as it strikes me as too limited.


I have really enjoyed using the Surface for what I bought it for - as a casual surfing device, gaming tool and media player.
I was only last night that I realised I hadn't actually paid my sister for it and did a transfer to her, I realised I was spending £400 on a toy.
I had also joined this forum to ask some advice on warranty repair of the keyboard that had split and started reading some of the comments and reviews about this thing. I found it hard to believe some people are talking about the same device.
To read some of the fan posts on this forum , it is the universal panacea - a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, a media centre, a games machine...
But it isn't. It has some great points - a nice, simple, easy to use interface, a great web browser a great music and video system. It also has some terrible ones and the biggest is the fact that they shoehorned MS Office in there in a form that is barely useable - a slow processor, too little memory, a tiny screen and a rubbery keyboard.

In most ways the Surface is really just as limited as the iPad. It also doesn't have the benefit of a huge range of apps.
I use Windows 8 on my desktop system and am struck by the schizophrenic nature of it but can ignore it as I run desktop mode all the time.
It's not so easy on the Surface - tablet mode is fine but desktop is just plain bad - like the Netbooks of 4 years ago only more so. I cant help thinking a sort of "Microsoft Works" with touch interface might have been better than trying to force Office on what is primarily a consumer device.
Anyway, I'm sending the keyboard back to my sister for her to get a refund and putting the Surface on E-Bay. Looks like they are selling for around the £400 mark so I may wind up ahead.
I think I'll see what sort of deals on Ultrabooks come up in the sales. Zenbook looks appealing.

[Edit

Meant to say that my wife didn't like it at all. Probably Apple addiction but she made the comment that it wasn't a "friendly" computer and she thought that most women wouldn't like it Any female forumers (or guys with a feminine side) care to comment?