Dear Verge, let's talk about Surface Pro 2 review
I think each and every reviewer, but most importantly The Verge is trying to push something like Microsoft Surface - a completely new breed of a computer - into either a tablet or a laptop category. Are we so drowned in tedious standards that we can't invent new yardsticks for our judgment. David and Tom, and the Verge team, I believe are educated people to realize and invent new ways to judge a new device that is not a tablet nor a laptop.
It might be correct that Surface Pro 2 fails as both a tablet and a laptop (but highly debatable), but it is unnecessary to say so in a review because it does not attempt to win either as a tablet, or as a laptop. It does not say I am better than a tablet, or better than a laptop - it says I am a new thing and try using me I'd do the work of both. It is a new kind of computer - and it has its own admirers. Why not judge it by their standards? How good will Surface Pro be a device for people who want a device like Surface Pro, over people like David Pierce who is happy carrying both his laptop and tablet.
The tech community must make a distinction: tablets, laptops and Surface Pro (or similar devices - slates - whatever they're called). I am an Apple user since 1984 and I might never change, but Surface Pro is genuinely reinventing computing as iPad did. It is the first authentically new product I have seen. Don't belittle that effort by comparing it with tablets or laptops - it probably will fall a little behind both of them.
Compare it in its own strife - was Surface Pro 2 able to be a better laptop or a tablet individually is not the question you have to answer in your review (ofcourse it chokes at 7 hours and has only 1 USB port and is a different form factor: Are you people blind? I don't need a review to know that it's not better) - but whether it is a better kind of a device in its own right.
Consider an electric car replacing a petrol car and an electric bike. Saying that electric car has worse pick-up than the petrol car, and uses more electricity than just a bike and therefore it's worse than both is not forward thinking. It is being constrained in perceptions, by tedious standards of the yesteryear.
I can not expect technology and interface design and user experience to evolve, if people who other people look up-to like David or Tom, on The Verge, can not appreciate that evolution. I don't say this is Microsoft bias like hundreds of other Verge readers -- I am only saying that review is a depressing piece of retrograde, presuppositions and oversights.
And I still don't know how the device that got a 10/10 on display last year got a 9/10 on an improved display this year. I also don't see why Verge keeps the brightness at 65 percent for everything - Surface Pro 2 is 250 nits at that figure while Macbook Air is 150 nits. Why are your favorite apps or their presence/absence a part of the review and if an x86 Windows PC does not deserve to get a 10/10 on ecosystem then what does?