"I've told many people that the SSD is the single most 'tangible" change in computers since the onset of 3D accelerated graphics"
I'd argue that you are forgetting about when we shifted to dual-core CPUs, and by extension, Hyperthreading. That brought a very tangible smoothness to the PC's moment-to-moment operation.
Stryker - It's been a week. You're still hemming and hawing over this? SSDs are pretty similar. Looking at comparisons everything modern pretty much comes within 10% of each other, with no single drive obviously superior to others in performance. Each drive does some things better than others, all have a strong point and a weak point. In day to day use though? You'll never notice the difference being the poorly perceptive humans that we are.
This page is a great comparison of the current models. Anand is a pimp. http://www.anandtech.com/show/5817/the-intel-ssd-330-review-60gb-120gb-180gb/4
You'll notice that any of the reputable models on offer bounce all over the place from being top-end at something, middling here and there, to bottom-end at other things. You'll also notice that everything is grouped pretty tightly together in a bundle of "way faster than a platter drive, and not far enough from each other to matter". Again, Samsung, Crucial, Intel. Pick a modern drive based on size and price. Whichever one you get really doesn't matter and won't ever be noticeably different from the others in daily use.
I picked a Crucial M4. It seems to be middling in just about every measurement, is made by the company that sells it, and was in the cheaper group. What's the difference between the Samsung 830 and the Intel 520? $40 and 16GB, in the wrong direction.