Re: Surface and the IPAD
I think there are a number of reasons not to compare Windows tablets and iPads. As you point out, a Windows tablet can be a fully-functioning PC. Valid point.
Even so, I think comparisons between iPads and Windows RT tablets are more reasonable-- especially if there's any truth to today's report that Office for iPads will debut later this month. Based on its marketing, Microsoft seems to believe consumers care about this comparison.
Speaking personally,I don't always use my iPad and my Surface 2 in the same ways. They overlap in some ways but also have different strengths and weaknesses. But that is, to some extent, a moot point. Most people are forced to choose a single device, rather than match various devices to their best individual roles. So for that reason, I think some amount of "Surface 2 vs. iPad Air" talk is natural. Either device is capable of boosting productivity, depending on how the user intends to implement it into his/her larger workflow. If you really want a light laptop that runs Office and some web apps, Surface 2 (plus keyboard cover) might be the way to go; if you want a pure tablet, most people would probably recommend the iPad Air.
On another note, before now, if you wanted touch-oriented, on-the-go productivity ("touch-oriented productivity" is not an oxymoron; it's just different than mouse-and-keyboard productivity), an iPad with LTE a better option than a Surface 2. Now, an argument for the Surface 2 can at least be made. The fact that the Surface 2 also doubles as a laptop could be an extra benefit for this need, but (given that the iPad's screen dimensions are arguably better for hand-hold-ability) it could also be a drawback.