Some time ago I came across two interesting articles describing the experience of using the Microsoft Surface Pro 2. One of them is by Ian Betteridge, a tech journalist, the other by Lukas Mathis, a software designer and developer.
Reading and comparing these two articles reveals some interesting common ground between both authors: Both of them like the new Windows 8 Metro interface, native Metro applications, split-screen multitasking, the sharing menu and the pen support. They both dislike the old Windows desktop UI, which barely works with a touchscreen, and all the cruft that comes with legacy Windows, like shaky drivers, DLL hell and ad-ridden software. In the end, both reach opposing conclusions. Lukas Mathis writes:
In the end, I really, really like Metro, but don’t love Windows as a whole. It’s flawed. But even so, I like my Surface a lot more than I ever liked any of my iPads.
Ian Betteridge concludes:
The tablet experience isn’t anything like a modern tablet, missing out on the portability, ergonomic factors, and flexibility of use. It also comes with the high maintenance costs of a traditional PC. [...]
If you’re an old-school Windows diehard who kind of liked the idea of Tablet PCs in 2003, but couldn’t find one powerful enough, you’ll like the concept of Surface Pro – although you’ll probably hate Windows 8’s interface. For everyone else, you’d either be better off buying a cheaper Windows laptop or an iPad Air.
It’s quite illuminating how two people can like (and dislike) the same things, yet ultimately reach completely different conclusions. Different people, different needs.