The Surface Pro can be ordered in either 64GB or 128GB storage capacities, but don’t be deceived. 128GB models will only offer users 83GB of usable space, and the 64GB version will supply a paltry 23GB for user files. Extra internal capacity can be added through the devices microSDXC card slot, but it makes the marketing behind Microsoft’s Surface Pro just as shady as it was for the RT version.
You could make the argument that the Surface Pro is little more than a computer, and PC manufacturers don’t break out useable space vs. total capacity either. While this is a valid point, it doesn’t compare well with established norms in the tablet market. By comparison a 64GB iPad offers users over 57GB of useable space with iOS 6.1, and a 16GB Nexus 7 running Jelly Bean 4.2 advertises over 13GB free out of the box.
So is Microsoft intentionally trying to deceive potential customers? Or is the difference in mindset here a throwback to Microsoft’s lineage as a PC company?