Originally Posted by JeffDM
Surface RT is very similar to the iPad. It's the Surface "Pro" that's sufficiently differentiated.
The iPad keyboard question is covered by standard behavior, not specific to that brand of product. If you have a Bluetooth keyboard paired and turned on, the virtual keyboard does not activate, it just reads the BT keyboard.
If that model doesn't suit you, there are plenty of competitors.
I think the stand property of the Logitech has a distinct advantage, you can set the iPad in either portrait or landscape. Surface doesn't seem to have that ability, it's landscape only that I've seen.
Surface Pro is is more differentiated because it has the legacy app support. But RT has a lot of the same factors over the iPad. It's sharing metro apps with the desktop, it has the same physical keyboard support for people using on the road that need a tablet for meetings, but then also something they can take back to a hotel room and do some work for a longer period of time with the benefit of a full screen. It has the same USB connector to link up with other devices.
To me in the comparison of the Logitech keyboard, assuming the Microsoft one works as described. The Microsoft one looks like something Apple could have made. It activates when the magnets hook it on, no need to mess around with paring. It knows when it's wrapped round the back of the machine so you won't be using it. It looks great and has this extra special touch of updating the windows colour to match the keyboard. These things are like the little things that Apple do which make me love Apple products so much, like iPods pausing when you unplug the headphones.
In comparison the Logitech keyboard is thin, but that's all it is. There's nothing to make me love it, no extra perfect detail about it. So as a person who loves Apple products for the detail that goes into them, I wouldn't dream of attaching one of those things to my iPad, in the same way that I can never understand why someone would buy one of the greatest tablets and then hide it in a case that covers up everything that's good. So to me using it in a discussion about a product Microsoft have made that actually looks really good, doesn't do anything to win an argument, but instead actually degrades the iPad, by saying this is good enough.