Yes yes indeed. It's sensible to have a menu locked to the top of the screen on a handheld, just as it's sensible to have gestural interfaces on a handheld. The first is broken by a big screen, the second by machines where the screen is not held in your hand. Thus, different interfaces are absolutely required.
It's a shame the GNOME people didn't notice this. You can't just give the two things the same UI without frustrating a lot of people.