Back in Feb 2011 google gave me a laptop and I am still using the heck out of it. I dual booted with ubuntu for a while and gone through many updates to the chromium operating system. The model I got was skipped over for a major upgrade for a while, but finally got it a couple weeks ago. I now have the Aura desktop going. It is pretty cool. Earlier versions of the chromium OS had no desktop, just the chrome browser.
The CR-48 I have is pretty under powered and struggles a bit, but for what I use it for it is fine. Surfing on the couch or down in the BorKade. The battery life on it is great and I put some UV glow stickers on the keys for using it in the dark. Not really sure that I would pay full price for one though.