Re: Surface 2 RT = Maybe, Surface Pro 2 = Yes
Totally agree, 100%
Surface RT might be the most useless laptop out there (compared to Android and iPad), but Surface Pro 2, on the other hand, is exactly what I have been waiting a long time for.
It has all of the power of an actual laptop, plus the nice built-in HD cameras, and touch is now actually reasonable to use thanks to Windows 8 (and 8.1 truly is an improvement over 8 in many ways)
And, for me, the active digitizer stylus is a huge asset. More important than touch-screen, IMO. (I have enjoyed tablet PCs since I bought my 2004 Toshiba Portege, but unfortunately the Windows OS was less than ideal for tablets, and caused the workflow to be a bit clunky. That is no longer the reality.)
Right now, I feel the Surface Pro 2 is the best all-purpose device out there -- costs less than a Macbook, has the same processing power, and lets you do a heck of a lot more. (as a teacher, I would love to get a class set of these, but unfortunately I need something with all-day battery power, and even the improved efficiency of the Pro 2 doesn't cut it at only about 6 hours... I need 8+ hours. So we ended up adopting the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 -- also a great device, with a lot of similarities to the Surface Pro 2, but much weaker processing power due to the Atom. The upside is a $550 pricetag and 10 hours of nonstop battery life)