John Gruber at Daring Fireball does a great roundup of Microsoft Surface reviews that call out the “compromises” that they’ve made.
It’s too hefty and costly and power-hungry to best the leading tablet, Apple’s full-size iPad. It is also too difficult to use in your lap. It’s something of a tweener — a compromised tablet and a compromised laptop.
– Walt Mossberg.
He also points out that all design decisions are the fruit of compromise. It’s choosing the best compromises that is the key.