Not just in real life. I remember Apple was touting "instant on" as one of the key feature of the MacBook Air last year when they made flash storage standard. It literally was "instant on" with Snow Leopard back then. I remember trying it at the Apple store and the screen opened before I finished opening the lid, making it look like the screen was never closed to begin with. Now, with Lion? It wakes up more slowly than my 2 year old MBP (with a 5400 RPM hard drive) on Snow Leopard. The wake-up time itself is about the same (a couple of seconds) , but the trackpad is frozen for a couple extra seconds, so I have to wait longer in the end, and it's bugging me. What's bugging me even more though is that it's inconsistant. Sometimes it wakes up pretty quickly, others it takes an eternity. Sometimes it wakes up by itself when I open the lid, others I will have to press a key for it to wake up. And it's buggy too. Sometimes it just won't wake up, no matter if I press the keyboard or even the power button, just like it's dead. Except it's not: I just have to close the lid, wait a couple of seconds, and open it again. Sometimes the screen opens and the whole computer gets running, except the trackpad stays frozen, until I close and re-open the lid again (this just happened to me before writing this post). Sometimes it doesn't connect automatically to my network once it has woken up. I have to manually connect, then it asks me for my password again. Pretty annoying too. That's weird because I had none of these issues with my MBP. I thought the MBA would be better at waking up, but it's actually much worse in every aspect (except it doesn't make that quick buzz noise like my MBP). I'm a bit disappointed regarding that. Is it the same for everybody else? Do you think it's an hardware issue? Software? Something that could be fixed through an OS update? FYI: I have the 2011 ultimate 11" with Samsung SSD and 10.7.1.