Ubuntu Touch

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Ubuntu’s unique scopes brings everything you need to one screen without the need to open and switch between multiple apps.The Ubuntu Phone has been built to revolve around you and the content and services you use the most.

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Ubuntu Touch review by <span>Abraham S.</span>
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A Good Start.

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What do you like best?

While I was hoping for support for broader package management (easily installing an arbitrary ARM deb package manually or from an arbitrary repository), I was impressed with the direction Ubuntu Touch is headed.

The premise of a unified desktop experience, from mobile devices to desktop computers, is very appealing. It might seem like a new spin on what Microsoft or Apple have done, but Canonical had some pretty original ideas and innovations, which they're working out. I loved the concept Canonical put forward regarding Ubuntu Touch, how one moment you could be using your Ubuntu Touch phone as a phone, and the next plug in a monitor/keyboard/mouse/dock and have a fully functional desktop environment.

As a developer, I like the toolchain for application development, which Canonical has provided. It makes it easy to develop an application for multiple platforms, conveniently providing for development using a number of technologies. I especially enjoy the support for Go.

What do you dislike?

Restricted package management. Difficulty of deployment onto the mobile device. Though, that is rapidly becoming a non-issue.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It was beneficial to me to have found a mobile operating system that is pleasing from a linux user's point of view. Currently, I do not use this to meet a particular need, but I certainly plan to in the future.

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Ubuntu Touch review by <span>Jennifer S.</span>
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A Totally Different Mobile Experience

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What do you like best?

It's really fast and minimalistic as far as an operating system goes. And free. Open source stuff has come a long way. It's definitely a quality OS on phones and tablets. Ubuntu is a wonderful desktop operating system and I appreciate that there is a mobile version as well.

What do you dislike?

It's not as user friendly or like-able as the other two top contenders. Can take some getting used to. The apps are definitely lacking but that could change in the future if it picks up and becomes more popular.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's cool from the Ubuntu standpoint as far as using it on the go, but lacks what the bigger companies have already set in place over the past years. I can see it getting a lot bigger though as they grow and gain support!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's really helpful for people who want to stick with the Ubuntu software line, but currently it isn't for me. App support just isn't there right now.

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Ubuntu Touch review by <span>James D.</span>
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What do you like best?

-The user interface is well designed and easy to get used to (for those who have never used a smartphone before)

-Free/Libre/Open Source Software

What do you dislike?

For those used to using Iphone or Android smartphones, Ubuntu Touch's user interface is very different and therefore confusing

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

First and foremost, the device on which I use this is a mobile computer (I think the term 'smartphone' is a bit of a misnomer). As long as I can use it to read my email and access the Internet, I'm happy.

The fact that I can also make calls and send text messages is also important.

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Not ready for primetime yet.

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I love the idea of Ubuntu Touch. I love the idea of convergence. I can't wait to work on my tablet and dock it into a keyboard and work on a desktop. I love open source! I really want to use or like this. I can't though. It has some great technology behind it, but it's not ready.

The Display of the MQ UHD is nice, which I like. It has a decent battery, but you'll never use it so it'll always end up dead in a corner until the next OTA update. An OK camera that you won't use.

What do you dislike?

This is a half baked OS. It lacks apps, it's difficult to navigate, has a lack of hardware, a lack of support, a lack of internet presence. I have the MQ tablet and it's basically a paperweight. Doesn't do anything useful yet for me. Sure it's got a terminal and a web browser, but they try and show me thing they think I'd be interested in. I have Google Now and so there's nothing they can show me that Google isn't gonna do a better job at. It's just not ready. I want it to be great and maybe one day it will be.

The onscreen keyboard sucks. Good luck typing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None. This is a paperweight.

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