Function over form for me.
I'm running Nova Launcher with margins set to 0, 8x10 grid for icons and dock disabled. Icon pack is called Axis. I'm also running Rotation Control to lock home screen to auto rotate in landscape only.
I was having the overheating / battery issue as well. I had to start from pure scratch to get rid of XPosed as per Civatos request. Fresh Odin, updated recovery, then 2.4 here. Wouldn't settle down, even with no accounts installed or personal apps...
Not sure whether or not to start a new thread so I'll post an update here.
This is a short list of Xposed Framework modules that I'm currently running on my Note Pro in addition to Wanam.
Activity Force New Task
Ok I have to take back this statement: "it performed as quickly as internal memory"
Here's my test results utilizing two types of tests, one for approximately 125 files totalling 1.4GB (digital camera pics from a D7000) and another for a 1.9GB...
I dunno man, I am not the type of person who is motivated to convince others to buy something I did just to feel better about my own purchase decisions. That said I would suggest considering a surface pro 2 for a few reasons:
You mention window...