I'm looking to spend about $450 max, and I have my eye on the thrive, mainly for it's range of ports (USB-mini, USB-A, HDMI). However I'm a little concerned about some things. 1 - The thrive's battery life is said to be lower than other tablets, I looked up various reviews and they said it's about 6 hours of video usage (while the company says 11 hours max). How much of a gain can I expect from such things as disabling background tasks and doing other minor tweaks? Or does anybody know of a decent android tablet that has a lot of ports like the thrive, but with better battery life? 2 - I don't own any mobile devices, so while I've used android I'm not sure on some of the technical issues with upgrading it. From what I've read I'm either stuck with whatever upgrades I may get officially from toshiba, or I can try a custom ROM to upgrade on down the line. Is it reasonable to expect upgrades from Toshiba on this tablet, and if I do go the custom ROM route, would higher versions of android run on this? 3 - Some reviews of the thrive mention a lot of apps not working on it. Is that just a standard thing for tablets, the whole "it -just- came out, give it a few weeks for things to update" thing, or is this abnormal and I should look for another tablet?