I was in a mall looking for electric razors. They were a lot of them, so I wanted to go online looking for Amazon reviews for the models they had in the shop.
Unfortunately, all the laptops there were locked with some demo video, the tablets though were unlocked and online.
I couldn't even write "Amazon.com" properly! My hand isn't even big, and my fingers aren't fatty, but despite this I struggled like mad to even open up the damn webpage. Maybe it's because I don't have "tablet experience", but typing on a bigger touchscreen was so uncomfortable, just terrible. Smartphones are a bit better, because you use your thumb only, while here you need to use your fingers over a wide space, and the lack of tacticle feedback is very noticable here. It felt very uncomfortable very quickly (a stylus based system, woud have been better, seriously!)
They had two Surfaces there too, one with the normal keyboard and one with the "touch cover". Unfortunately, the one with the tactile keyboard was not online, so I had to use the touch cover one. It's better than using a touch screen, but it's still weird. I was able to look the info up, but all the time I thought "I want laptop!"
Fizzling with the weird paperboard like keyboard and the fixed-angle tiny screen (which was not exactly comfortable to look at when you are standing), I became pretty depressed.
All the time I thought - This is it? And for this crap 30 years of PC evolution gets disregarded, Microsoft foisted Metro upon us and Apple made bazillion of dollars?!
I just don't get it, seriously. I can see tablets as media players or ebooks, but for anything beyond that (even twitter messages) even a netbook seems to be the far more sane choice. Here you still have a tactile keyboard, and the screen isn't that much smaller than of a Surface.
I don't understand the touch/tablet madness at all. It seems like a huge bubble to me.