110° at “the waist” of the view, where the distortion of the lens bends the edge of the screen inwards - it flares out a little bit above and below the “equator”, but I don’t count those little “horns” of FOV.
130° was a rumor - not a claim. Valve in fact bend themselves out of shape in their info material, to avoid ever having to put a number to the FOV.
What distinguishes the Index, is that the two-element lens flattens the field curvature of the lens, so the view out at 50° from straight ahead has not lost nearly as much sharpness as with previous consumer grade HMDs - still gets blurrier toward the periphery, but a good bit less.
As for the glare: What can I say - I have been whinging incessantly about the side effects of using Fresnel lenses since they were brought into the picture, and am not about to stop now. It is bad – not any worse than other Fresnel HMDs - including my p5k+, just somewhat different in character (think a hybrid of the glare in the Rift CV1 and the HTC Vive, with heavy blur applied). It can make a strongly coloured object tint the whole view with additive light, unless one is properly in the sweet spots of the lenses, and I can not see it gone soon enough.
That hasn’t stopped me from exacerbating it somewhat with my Index, by boosting image brightness a bit through config file editing.
The refresh rate thing is kind of frustrating. One may not notice it so much when looking for it, but it really makes everything feel more stable. The problem is that on the other hand you have supersampling, which really makes everything feel a lot more solid and detailed, so you’re left with a choice; There is rarely computing power enough for both, but both are vital, and the experience will suffer for the deprioritisation of either.
(Solid, especially when you get up to x2.0 (400% in SteamVR parlance) or above. There are a lot of people claiming that it is pointless to go above 1.7; Well those blind mice can enjoy not getting to taste those grapes they have predetermined to be sour, if that wilful ignorance makes them happy; Me, I’ll yearn for those grapes on the unreachable vine, for they are sweet, lovely, and succulent. :P)