Finally got a surface and I am loving it. It's perfect for you if you need a great browser, a great screen for media consumption, light applications, and office.(which makes it awesome for a student like me)
I haven't seen any performance issues yet. It does what it is asked for it with no hiccups.
The app selection of course is quite boring but I trust MS will get it filled by June. I personally need a torrent app and will be "tsk tsk tsking" whenever I enter the app store.
Portrait mode is just as great as landscape. I thought it was going to be awkward to hold but its not. Its feels natural. The trick is to hold the tablet at the middle instead of the bottom.I love the virtual keyboard but its not perfect yet. In windows phone, when I have something copied, a paste button appears in the top section if the keyboard. I expected MS to include this feature but they didn't for what ever stupid reason. Also when I press a word I expect it to become highlighted (as with windows phone) but rather, I must manually highlight it myself. I find this unintuitive. Also when typing I want word suggestions to appear in the top keyboard section as with windows phone. Another thing I wish the keyboard wasn't stationary in portrait mode. It would be more intuitive to be able to move it to the center of the screen, where my hands are stationed.
I also don't appreciate the screen dimming after typing for a while. Its not a big deal but I'm not liking it.
I like the touch keyboard but I find the spacebar and touch pad to close for comfort. I find myself sometimes using the touchpad for space and asking wtf is going on until I look down and see my thumbs on the touchpad. I would prefer the space bar a but more prominent and ample space away from the touchpad. I would also like it if the touchpad had more length horizontally. Its going to take some time to get used to working with these "flaws". However because its windows I can always plug in a regular keyboard and go to town. I also can plug speakers, a mouse, a printer, and much more. A big step over the competition. If you ask me.
On the desktop, I know it is not meant for 100% touch but the option to pinch to zoom on the desktop would go a very long way.
I give the surface 8.2/10. Would have given it a 9 but it loses .8 for the app selection. Hopefully it will get a nine soon by June.