When the Surface’s pricing and storage options were announced, it received praise coming with, at minimum, 32 gigabytes of internal storage. That’s twice what the low-cost, full-size, and current-model iPad sports, it was noted.
However, once you nickel and dime your way through the amount of stuff Microsoft has installed on the device, you end up with a flat 16 gigabytes of open space. Ding.
I was going to say something witty about how the Surface doesn’t really have a price advantage with regard to regard to flash memory, doesn’t have a Retina screen, and has dozens of amazing apps to download in its store, but then I decided to just link to this post from CNet complaining about the iPad 3 only had 28 GB of space available out of the box.