Thinking of picking up a Surface Pro (as my wife pointed out last night in Best Buy “they aren’t cheaper than an iPad are they?) and mulling over getting the 128GB or 64GB version? Whichever you pick, you’re in for a shock because like the Surface RT, you only get to use a fraction of that storage space. How much? Like about 23 GB for the 64 and 83 GB for the 128 model.
That works out to about 36% of the space on the smaller model and 65% of the space on the larger model is space you can use out of the box.
Microsoft told Engadget:
“The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.”
Yes, the Surface comes with a full-fledged OS, but still, I think if you get a 64GB device having only about 23GB to play with to start is insane. Yeah, it will be fine for a bit and you can connect USB drives to it for more space. However, do you want to have to declutter your tablet when you get it for more space?
While John Gruber points out every design choice has a cost, this is way too high a cost.