Re: Surface not for me
"While the first couple weeks were great. I wonder how long before you realize the limitations of any tablet?"
While I agree with your basic premise - that limitations and compromises can take time to be fully realized, I think many of your complaints are illegitimate:
Repairability is not a common feature on almost any device these days. I share a somewhat dubious view of internal batteries, but I acknowledge their necessity for packaging a system as small as the Surface or modern Ultrabooks. As far as general repairabiltiy, no system sold today can be opened for repair without voiding it's warranty, many are designed in a way that makes it difficult to impossible, and finally, there's little to nothing inside modern computers that can be repaired at all, at least by the average person.
Upgradability is also not common, in normal notebooks and certainly not in ultrabooks. At most, you might be able to upgrade a hard/ssd drive or increase system memory on a larger notebook, but not generally on an ultrabook. So the Surface doesn't introduce any trends that haven't already been, and to an extent, have to be, accepted in the pursuit of the smallest of form factors. And while it is imperative that you purchase the system with future needs in mind, the ubiquity of home networking and the availability of inexpensive network attached storage products makes storing large amounts of data on the device itself largely unnecessary. Personally, I have over 5 terabytes of storage on my home network, regularly deal with enormous files (1 to 3 gig Photoshop files), and I've yet to reach the 50% mark on my 256 gig Surface Pro 2. You have to be considerate to what you need to carry on the system, but again, this isn't a foreign concept on any ultra portable system today.
Lack of ports is a limitation, and one the Surface particularly suffers from. While it would be nice to have another USB port and maybe an Ethernet port, in my 6+ months with the Surface Pro 2, I haven't found either to be an issue. The only USB devices I've attached to mine was a wireless mouse receiver and a memory card reader, and the purchase of a bluetooth mouse would eliminate one of those.
The issue of hardware becoming sluggish over time is largely baseless. People are commonly enamored with the fact that they can hold a quad-core smartphone in the palm of their hands, but the fact is that mobile devices (smartphone and smartphone-based tablets) are worlds apart from the performance you get out of a real x86 processor. While a smartphone/tablet of 2-3 years ago may indeed start running into issues running current apps, that's more due to their inherently limited performance and the infancy of the entire platform. Real x86 based processors have headroom smartphones/tablets can only dream of, Windows has actually become far better at managing resources than in the past, and again, due to it's PC class components, there's little reason to think the Surface won't be able to run Windows 9, 10 and beyond - unlike smartphones/tablets which might see one or two OS upgrades before support is abandoned.
I think a lot of the faults you and others lob at the Surface are based on a blatantly unrealistic position - you want it to be *absolutely* everything that a notebook is and/or *absolutely* everything that a tablet is. If you need those absolutes, the Surface simply isn't the right device for you. Straddling such different form factors inherently requires some compromises, and the Surface Pro strikes an overall very good balance. Again, if you can not accept any of those compromises, it doesn't make the Surface a bad product, it simply makes it one not suited to your needs.
As I eluded, I've had the Pro 2 for 6+ months now, and I've found it to be as close to the perfect portable system as I could realistically hope for. I didn't want or need what a full notebook provides (physical keyboard, large screen, etc), and yet I needed more than a smartphone-based tablet was capable of, and the Surface Pro has been exactly that. I've not run into any of the issues you raise and my satisfaction with the device has actually increased over time. Some of the features of the Pro 3 are nice, but I have no desire to upgrade as the 2 is serving my needs perfectly well, and I have no reason to suspect it won't continue to do so for the next 2 to 3 years at least.