I've used it every day since I bought it. I don't really believe the eight-hour stuff and I haven't really tried to drain it but it does indeed seem to harbor more endurance than any machine I ever owned (it's been on and off all day; at 93%, it promised me 8hrs 10 mins; now at 62 % it offers only 3 hrs 50 mins, but even the lower number is longer than any battery I've ever owned.
I've fitted it with Firefox, Open Office, My Dropbox and Evernote--also a Kindle Reader link. I test drove the reader this morning and I noted a couple of advantages over the real Kindle--one, backlight; and two, easy back-and-forth to links from Kindle to Firefox. My Dropbox synched just fine. Evernote seems a bit cramped, but doable.
The keyboard is more usable than the last netbook I bought last year (an Acer; I fried it on European current). And so far I have used up only about 10 percent of the storage.
Query, why would I want an Ipad?