But check out the first post in CNET's newest forum for the Chrome OS, the post announcing the forum by our Admin Lee;
Looks like Google is introducing a Chromebook system June 15.
I think it is going to be very different. Everything is held in the Cloud, and nothing on the computer itself.
If you watch the video in that link, keep going, because the next video in the stream will be CNET's own initial review of the Samsung netbook with the new Chrome OS.
Hope that gives you some ideas.
I've owned an iPad for a while now, and one of the things I always bring up when faced with the usual Apple haters is that, for all it's shortcomings, the iPad (and smaller iPhone cousins) have one undeniable advantage. They boot up in around 1.5 seconds. Absolute instant-on, and I'm using the 1st-gen, I'm sure the 2nd ones are even faster.
I hear Apple took this technology (which I think is basically just an entirely solid-state design) and used it in their macbook air. I've never booted one of those up though, so I don't know if it is as blazingly fast, but it seems quite quick at any rate.