Why the Double Standards?
The surface pro 3 is a marvelous piece of hardware. It combines the processing power of an ultrabook and the portability of a tablet to create a wonderful user experience. If I wasn't currently jobless, it'd be my next device. Despite all its strengths, many in the techsphere continue to criticize it for being neither a great laptop nor tablet. That it's a jack of all trades, master of none.
The tablet criticism comes from the fact that it's a little bit heavier than most tablets and using it as one would be cumbersome. To an extent, I agree that buying a core i7 device to use as a typical tablet is bonkers. The thing is, the iPad does not have a core i7 processor, it's not running a full blown OS and doesn't have a digitizer. If you're going to compare a surface to an iPad, then list all the features of an iPad and list all the features of a surface. The surface wins in every single one except battery life and weight. I would add the appstore to that, but what apps are important to who is very subjective and I would also have to mention all the windows apps that iOS doesn't have. Now, are weight and battery life the most important features for you above everything else? Then buy an iPad. Is everything else more important? Then buy a surface. Both these devices are compromises. Saying that the iPad is a no compromise device is not very wise. People don't do more with it because it can't do more. The extraordinary success of Office on the iPad proves this. If the iPad had a kickstand and a digitizer, but added a few pounds to gain this functionality, I'm sure no one would mind.
The MacBook argument makes the least sense since it only hinges on the fact that the surface is difficult to use on a lap. Are you serious? First of all, how much time do you spend using your ultrabook on your lap? How long are your raisins able to withstand the heat? Should we ignore all things that the surface has going for it against the mac and just concentrate on the one negative?
I feel like there is a standard for judging MS products that does not apply to everyone else. Chrome books are praised for being pieces of junk that are so limited and this is seen as a positive because "you can't get any viruses." Nobody questions the app count or the quality of apps but flip the situation around to windows phone vs android and it's the exact opposite. Though it's easier to use, is smoother, has a more cohesive design and is less prone to malware, reviewers just can't get past its "ecosystem."
Here's what i'd like to see; let there be an actual comparison of features between a surface pro and an iPad and mac. Feature by feature. Let's list all the pros and cons of each device. Let's put all of them in different scenarios together and see which one comes on top for example, in the classroom, the workplace (various professions), the living room, the bedroom and on the move. I dare anyone to do that and still claim the surface to be an inferior oroduct.