I’ve been looking for a lightweight tablet you can write (well) on ever since tablets (as we now know them - not tablet PCs of yore) first came out. The technology was there (ref. Tablet PCs again): It’s a question of squeezing it into a smaller and better form factor. And OS. The Surface Pro was a contender until I saw it’s lame five-hour battery life, so I’m excited to see how the SP2 (which should have a much-improved battery life thanks to Haswell chips) turns out.
This review stinks though. There’s plenty to bash MS on, specific to the Surface. I’m not sure these objections hold water though.
Limited Channel program : I haven’t researched this, but from personal experience and anecdotally, the distribution seems to be widespread enough : I checked out Surfaces at a Microsoft booth in a downtown Chicago mall, and in a separate section at a California BestBuy. I didn’t see if Fry’s (or any local popular retail outlet) stocked it, but if it didn’t, that would be a valid objection. Which you could mention in this article. But haven’t. The article mentions both the MS booths and BestBuy as retail outlets but asks “Why not let the smaller guys sell the tablets too?” The smaller guys have names, right? How about mentioning them?
Lack of Windows Store apps : Youtube and any non-IE browser are given as examples. Isn’t this a full-fledged laptop? You don’t use apps to access youtube in a laptop - you enter in the URL in a browser. Ditto for downloading Chrome or Firefox. Did you have problems accessing youtube? Did you try installing non-IE browsers and faced problems? That would be information actually useful to readers.
Size and price: If you’re criticizing a product on price, I’d expect you to mention the price of competing products. The same for dimensions. For the record, all the competing products I’ve seen (the Sony Duo, Samsung ATIV and a few Fujitsu models) are priced and sized similarly.
I’m not saying these couldn’t be valid objections, but this article reeks of lazy reporting. Would it kill you to put in a little research? It’s ten minutes on Google these days, if that. #reportingfail.