Most important aka deal breaker:
- 7+ hours real battery life. My i3 SP3 had 6-7 hours, but my i5 SP4 can only manage 4-5 hours, which sucks. Having to keeping an eye at the battery level, remembering to bring the charger everyday, and being constantly tethered to the wall is extremely annoying.
- 250+ PPI display. The 1440p display in the Pro 3 is decent, but it is still not optimal in inking and reading. The SP4 is a huge upgrade in this particular case IMO.
- 3:2 aspect ratio. 16:9 or 16:10 are in my opinion, unusable in portrait mode, and a tablet has to be usable in any orientation. 4:3 (like iPad) is also fine by me, but too far off for watching videos.
- 8 GB RAM on the base model. I can manage with Core m3 and 128 GB SSD or even 64 GB, but please, 4 GB RAM really ruins the experience. I need to do a lot of PDF annotation with Drawboard PDF, and RAM plays an important role here. Other tablets like the Surface force you to buy Core i5 and 256 GB SSD to get 8 GB RAM, which is annoying but still acceptable by me, if that doesn't translate to atrocious battery life. But as I mentioned above, it unfortunately does.
- Kickstand. I'm never buying another tablet without a kickstand. Unless its like super duper cheap.
- Active digitizer. Same, I'm never buying another Windows tablet without an active digitizer. Unless, once again, its super duper cheap.
- Repair cost that's not an extortion. I learned it the hard way when Microsoft was charging 500 Euro for a piece of glass replacement on my i3 SP3. 500 Euro for a couple of grams of glass. That is more value than gold. Worse, the i3 SP3 has a street value of around 500 Euro. I could literally throw the old one away and buy another one instead of repairing it. Not. Buying. Another. Surface.
Least important aka I don't care if my Eve V doesn't have these
- Additional features on the keyboard (wireless, backlighting, Alcantara). A keyboard has to feel right with an accompanying touchpad that has Precision TouchPad API support. Everything else is IMO, unnecessary.
- Any Camera on the device. I use my phone or webcam on my desktop PC. Camera on laptops or tablets are never optimal since its focused on my chin.
- Fingerprint reader. Don't really have a need for it. I disabled asking-PIN-on-every-wake, and typing the PIN only the first time I login is not a big deal to me.
- TI Amplifier. I never use the 3.5mm jack. Either Bluetooth or HDMI. Might as well remove the jack altogether (like the iPhone 7)
- No Bloatware. I can uninstall them myself, and if that could reduce the cost of the device, I would certainly take the option to get the device with a shit ton of bloatware. Worst case scenario, I would do a clean install and never deal with the bloatware, if that means I could keep the subsidy money from McAfee or whatever bloatware it comes with.
- Screen Protector bonus It introduces parallax, increases reflectivity, which overall kind of like downgrading the screen experience in the first place.
Moderately important aka not a deal-breaker, but I take these features as a significant advantage over the competitors:
- The speakers. I have lived with the shittiest speakers on laptops (see Sony VAIO S series laptop). Its not a deal breaker to me, but it certainly is a nice experience to have great sound.
- Additional USB ports. Having used Surface for a couple of years, I have learned to live with only one USB port and keeping a USB hub in my bag. Not having to carry the USB hub is as great addition.
- Precision TouchPad (PTP) API support The scrolling and zooming on non-PTP laptops are simply horrible and, if not unusable, its pretty close to be one. I would put this as a deal-breaker if this was a non-touch laptop.
- Intel WiFi chip. Practically there is no $500+ tablet with shitty WiFi performance anymore, which is very good for the consumer. However, there is a lot of room for improvement still. I hope Intel WiFi chip could bring it to the next level.
- Pricing. Since I need 8 GB RAM, the Eve V m3 is about $400 or 50% cheaper than the competitors that force me to buy a Core i5 and 256 GB SSD with it.