When I saw the initial wave of Surface reviews hit, I started pinging some folks to see if I could get my hands on one to review as well. I wanted to try out Microsoft's new device because I like testing all new devices, ensuring that I maintain a good sense of the overall landscape. Plus, I find it fascinating that Microsoft is now doing their own Windows-based hardware. It's nothing if not exciting. Can they pull it off?
Unfortunately, it proved harder than I imagined to get my hands on a device. While at first, a few people got back to me offering to either give me or show me a Surface immediately, Microsoft quickly laid the hammer down. From my understanding, one such order even came down from a certain recently-departed executive's office.
Now, of course, I had to get one. And luckily, there was a simple option available to me that not even Microsoft could block: I could buy one. And that's exactly what I did.
In hindsight, I now see why Microsoft did not want me to review the Surface. That was probably the right call from a PR perspective. It's simply not a good product.
After using it for over a week now, it's hard to come up with a lot of nice things to say about the Surface. Don't get me wrong, there are some solid things here. But by and large, it's a strange, buggy, and clunky product that I simply can't imagine many people buying after the initial hype wears off.