I know since the ipad 1 10 hour bat claim, apple can't go back and offer 7 hours, but I think they overshot here, 7-8 hours battery life would have made everyone very happy and would have crumbled the competition, and they would be able to make it much thinner and lighter thus. Anyone not want 20% less battery bulk? I know I do, and sure 10 hours sounds great, but really who's gonna be needing more than 8? Not that many, that's for sure. In any case, I also think the new design makes for a harder grip because despite it being thinner it doesn't taper the way the original did. Still it's the best tablet out there so far, and until the new ipad that is, and I guess technology has to catch up to make it even better, because it's still not thin enough, nor light enough.