I have had the View since Christmas and battery life is incredible, better than my Note Pro which had a larger battery. As far as reading, I have no problem with reading anything. Not sure what people mean by productivity. I use google drive for my writing needs and I see everything fine. I dont put my face to the screen, so I dont see the pixels some speak of. I actually use the View for the opposite of what it was meant for, as a tablet, and I like it better than the Note Pro, but thats just me.
Out of all the devices I have every owned, including the View, Note Pro and Note 4 edge the only dispay I have really been impressed with is my Galaxy tab S. That display is incredible.
I have to say, I set all my devices at very low brightness, or in reading mode because I read and write quite a bit.