Originally Posted by xoleras
The surface pro isn't meant to be a mere iOS or android tablet, your argument is beyond silly. People don't buy PCs and ultrabooks for the mere purpose of "browsing the web".
The tablet doesn't do what a full PC does, it does much more. And that is precisely what the surface pro is: A full ultrabook/PC in a tablet form factor, complete with full x86 compatibility.
If you want an ipad, buy an ipad. The surface pro isn't trying to fill that role for mere media consumption.
Exactly this. Yes, you can argue that you can install RDP software onto an iPad and get full desktop usage, but it's a bastardized version that just doesn't work as well. The iPad is great for some things, but having a full OS is so much more useful for people who want to be able to run the software they want to run, multitask, and not have to worry about the file format of some app not playing well when they export their work.
I would have loved something like the Surface Pro in grad school and I know many people in the graphic design industry could really use a tool like this. Could you imagine being able to just carry a tablet and external HDD to a photo shoot? It would be awesome for on the spot retouching because of the built in digitizer. Or for the graphics designer on the run, you could retouch files and export them in standard Adobe file formats without having to worry that something may be lost when you change file formats.