said by mozerd:
I've played with a lot of tablets --- the surface is much more to my liking. The Type Cover is OUTSTANDING.
Out of curiosity, what tablets have you tried?
I hear what you're saying and I really do hope that Microsoft improves the availability of the Surface Pro 128GB version soon.
I may actually buy one myself but right now I'm making due with my old Asus Eee Slate EP121 Core i5 PC tablet. It originally shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit but I installed Windows 8 Pro RTM 64bit and its still a reasonably powerful tablet PC (with Wacom Digitizer support). I've been meaning to open it up and upgrade the OEM mSATA SSD from 64GB to something like 256GB (or ~500GB if they ever come up with one). Also maybe upgrade the 802.11g/n+Bluetooth card to support 802.11ac,...
I suppose the kickstand and touch / type cover are quasi unique features but I was referring to the underlying hardware platform, general tablet form factor and OS. I also personally don't care all that much for this design of the kickstand and touch / type cover since they feel a little like a gimmick IMO.
A more traditional keyboard like doc (like with the Samsung ATIV SmartPC Pro XE700T1C-A01US)with built in USB ports, built in battery and multiple angles for better viewing is IMO a more noteworthy / functional engineering feat then the kickstand / touch / type cover.
Still I could see buying the Surface Pro but I would not buy the touch / type cover.
In my case I'll likely stick with what I have for now and await a second generation tablet lineup from Microsoft and others based on mobile Haswell / Haswell-MB,...