My take on this...
Ok, I admit, whilst I am not rich, I have enough disposable cash within the near future to buy a new netbook (or less likely tablet).
I will buy any decent Asus quality *ARM* netbook, provided it will boot any arbitrary linux distro easily (ie appropriate support available) even if it costs 10-20% more than an equivalent ATOM offering.
Re: Tablets I am not too sure but that Asus lappie/tablet combo looks interesting if it actually is tough enough,
Why am I declaring the will to pay a bit more?
After all, it's just the damned CPU essentially, linux is linux and I expect battery life, GPU etc issues to sort of even out eventually.
I don't know how many of you out there feel the same but honestly, I have had enough of seeing intel try to keep prolonging this horrible architecture. I understood the need to go to AMD64/EM64T, at the time - 64 bits, the bigger register file is nice, but to create and perpetuate low power x86's ... I don't know the wisdom of that at all, honestly.
Basically, I'd like to see x86 die out in this market segment.