Last week I attended an event for the Microsoft Surface on launch day. Despite the fact that I had a fairly "Surface incompetent" salesperson who could barely answer a single question (read: NOT an Apple store employee) I found my way to a Surface, tested out the hardware, and made some judgments. The first: don't buy this device. Not now, and possibly not ever, until they fix three fundamental flaws in the OS and device hardware:
1) The device, which feels long, but not heavy, does not allow ALL apps to be viewed in Portrait Mode. Sure, NY Times looks great lengthwise, but not everything reads like a newspaper.
2) Sound quality outside of headphones/ext speakers is actually WORSE than the iPad. Didn't think that was possible.