You're right that I have never used a Surface. I have seen it at Best Buy a few times, so I do know how it looks in person. I'm no fan of Windows, so right there, that is a big negative against the Surface, at least as far as I'm concerned. You're comparing the Surface keyboard to typing on an iPad, why not compare it to a Macbook Air or Macbook Pro? If I need to type something long on my iPad, I'll just pair my Apple bluetooth keyboard.