Re: Yeah where are they?
Surfaces aren't for consuming video on the train/tube/bus, they are basically replacement laptops for convenience or for folks that have a desktop still perhaps and want portability but still a proper computer.
Since the keyboard cover is slim and usable and since it displays a web page for an email without switching away from the email and since it has a 'real' windows mode it is much more useful than other tablets.
Having proper office for free and a USB for a mouse and/or real keyboard and, very importantly, multiple logins for different people, including children, with family safety, all straight out-of-the-box and no fiddling around I am surprised more people don't realise the benefits.
Pricewise, the RT Surface 1 was a bargain and my boss at the office spent time looking at it, compared the weight favourably to his iPad, since he had to have a case of course. He very much wished his iPad had Office but the expense prevented it. He also thought the two-app display for metro was much, much better than constantly flicking between apps, especially emails with links.
And, while doing so, another guy at the office said "I have got one of those too". He liked his as well.
So, that's where they are, considerably fewer than the others, as the figures suggest, they are not cheap after all. But, they exist, they are enjoyed and they are favoured over iPads I think.
I think people will buy anything they think is the proper thing to buy, Samsung rely on this in their massive ad campaigns. Some of us, however, look at what we actually need and buy the device best suited.
I never owned a tablet and don't really, really need one, because I have a laptop. I just now, even more rarely have to unplug the laptop to take it somewhere.