thanks for your feedback! Forming a group shouldn't be a problem for we have a lot of experience with other MMOs already. But thanks for the settings tip regarding groups and instances. Will check this out.
For your second point, there are many different options. What faction would you prefer - Empire or Republic? Healer or DPS? Answer these and I'll try and recommend some classes to you.
As I said: I prefer supporter/healer roles and range (I easily get lost in melee). My girlfriend, however, prefers DPS or tank. She also enjoys playing the "engineer" class in other games, like turrets, shields, etc. But yeah, most of the time she tanks and I heal
Also I think we will start with the Republic first.