This is such a nice review, 82concepts! Thanks a ton for writing it; we're stoked that you're stoked, and the fact that you're going beyond using it out-of-the-box (and actually are customizing the layouts) is awesome to hear. We aim to make the plugin as flexible as possible for users in both camps, and though we've gotten a lot of feedback from out-of-the-box users, it's not as often we get themers who are actively customizing to provide a review here.
Thanks again for your support, from all the way back to the 2.x builds! If you find we're falling short or could add anything to the plugin that'd make your life easier...just let us know :)