Perhaps the question more suitable for our main leader Jeff. Anyway as far as I know Bodhi GNU/Linux = Ubuntu minimal + Moksha desktop. Its main aim is to be lightweight so you can't find any preinstalled GUI apps apart from light Midori web browser and PCman file manager. I like we don't force users to use apps we consider to be good for us. No, your choice is the best choice. Bodhi is also very fast at boot and perfomance because of Moksha desktop manager which is one of the most lightweight desktop (maybe compared with LXDE). In my PC it uses very small resources. Just 64 MB after boot.
For your info: Moksha is E17 fork. We just slightly modificate its code. We are not E developers. E is now in revision E21 and E developers are trying to make it still lightweight.
Anyway, Ubuntu has got some more GUI settings related to printers, screen, account administrative etc. Bodhi has not its native dialogs for this. Sometimes terminal is our good friend
I believe Jeff or other Bodhi team member will add more info for you...