UPDATE: I returned the Surface Pro. It would have been OK for a travel laptop/tablet (even though it's kind of heavy). I ended up purchasing a regular laptop (Lenovo ideapad P400 Touch) and after much studying I got the Samsung Ativ Windows 8 tablet with a detachable keyboard.
I was like a little kid waiting for my contract to end on my prior cell phone so I could purchase the Samsung Note. It's the best phone I've used and is also the largest. I'd like it if it was even bigger and my husband makes fun of me by holding my iPad to his ear like it's me talking on my iPad sized phone.
I purchased an iPad last year so I could always be mobile and I wanted to be able to have contracts signed on it. I actually have a great pdf/signing app on my phone, but it's just too small to be navigating and signing contracts. I was glued to that iPad, but realized that the limitations on it would not make it my full-time computer device.
I went out and purchased the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga hoping it would take the place of both my aging laptop and my iPad. It was too big! I couldn't imagine lugging that around with me everywhere. Plus, the apps available were not very good for getting signatures so I returned it.
The hinge is breaking on my laptop and it's so slow I need to replace it. I read raving reviews of the Microsoft Surface Pro. I was ready to list my iPad on eBay (although my granddaughter feels she should be next in line for it). It was sold out everywhere, even at Microsoft. But I found it online through Staples and excitedly waited for its arrival. I purchased the bluetooth mouse and keyboard for it from my closest Staples.
I had been introduced to Windows 8 through the Yoga and although there's a learning curve, I'm getting the hang of it - somewhat. The Surface Pro is small but it's heavy for its size, even without the keyboard. I tried using it for my one laptop - for home and on the road. It would have been OK for the road, but it was too small for everyday use.
I tried changing the size of the font and then the resolution. If I could read it then it wasn't set-up on the screen correctly and I'd have to scroll sideways. My eyes were burning and I was getting headaches (which I rarely get). I wanted it to work so badly.
Thank goodness for return policies because unless we use these products we don't know if they will really work the way we want them to. The Surface Pro didn't work as a main machine for me and IMO was too expensive for a secondary travel tablet/laptop.