"I have/had been planning to get one but reading something as uncritical as PCA's Review makes me think that there is something to hide."
That's a pretty daft allegation to make - why would we possibly want to hide anything?
I think you must have read a different review to me - I found all the information I wanted, and the specs are clearly laid out in the review.
Microsoft says the the battery has a life expectancy of around four and a half years in normal use, and I, for one, would think about upgrading to a newer device before then.
I think I agree with toejams.