I don't find the OS to be that bad tbh. Sure it could be faster but it's not like "omgbad" like the internet tries to tell you(if you want 'omgbad' kind of slow start up the ps store on ps3. ugh.). People also exaggerate the battery life of the gamepad by quoting the worst case scenario as the best case. Which is to say no, 3 hours is not accurate at all unless you have the gamepad set to blind you with brightness.
If you compared to any other console where getting to the system menu is instant, then it is pretty omgbad
But at least he doesn't have to know how horrible it was a year ago now
I haven't gotten skylanders myself yet, but have been wanting to get one of them, since they seem like fin like platform adventure games. As for ZombieU... eh... personally I find it boring and annoying with the constant insistance on using the pad for stuff that would be better served by using the game screen and less immersive breaking as well. I also don't connect well with a game that doesn't have a game character, it's basically meaningless gameplay with no real story, as such I haven't gotten very far yet as I just can't play it for very long.
Pick up the new Mario game and the remake of Duck Tales, it's the best enjoyment you can get out of it. and they can be played solely on the pad, which is a benefit if your GF is watching something boring