The portrait is far better than the iPad. I've been doing updates, transfer of over 500 images from iPhone to Surface. Mainly spent the time surfing sites, written a blog post, and going through twitter.
Weight factor is offset by novelty. I'm sure it would be annoying after awhile.
Went through Netflix but did not watch a full movie.
The tablet version of the Ultrabooks look better, 12.5 screen, faster processor, more connections, better keyboard, better screen resolution. Only drawback on the Ultrabooks is 5 hour battery life but some, like Sony, offer an additional wafer battery add on that jumps it to 10 hours. Sony is $1,200 loaded with 6GB memory, 128GB solid state drive, extra battery.
It looks like Surface Pro is going to be in the same $1K price range but smaller, less resolution, less battery time.
Shame about the lame Windows RT8 graphics. You'd think they'd try and compete with IOS and Android on the tablet interface.
The difference is deciding if a device is for consumption or for creation. Not all hardware can be for everyone. The RT is for most users of computers. They don't need fancy. They just need mobility. The Pro is for those invested in legacy software. It's more for those trying to create. I cannot comment on price of the Pro because I do not know. After all, the economy may tank again and so I couldn't afford one at even $5
The problem is there is little difference as someone maintaining their various social networking sites is a tagged a "consumer" but spends a lot of time creating content, writing, editing and posting pix.
The iPhone and smartphones in general were created and have succeeded based on the opposite market view, devices that do everything. People didn't want to be carrying a phone, PDA and iPod. Same for having a tablet and a laptop and desktop. Consolidation of devices has been the trend for the last 10 years. The Surface and the Ultrabook tablets are logical end point. One device to rule them all.