Thinking more about it, to the contrary of the Surface, it actually makes sense to own something like this and ditch your desktop (or even laptop).
A phone-like device that can run a real
desktop environment (stressing real
) if connected to a screen sounds like it could really work as a device for real people with a real life. Although Ubuntu on ARM does not have a huge amount of programs at the moment (they have to be altered and recompiled for ARM) like its x86 counterpart.
Hmm... XBMC runs in Ubuntu (ARM and x86), and assuming they give the XBMC team the source for the device's hardware decoder coprocessors "drivers
", this thing is going to rule as a media center as well with 1080p and all that jazz.