I presume that you’ve already heard that first Ubuntu Telephone has been launched by Spanish producer bq. However is it value to board the ‘me too’ wagon and exchange your current Android or iPhone? For me, I may give you various causes why you shouldn’t purchase an Ubuntu Telephone.
Explanation why to not purchase Ubuntu Telephone
Shocked that I being an Ubuntu fanatic advising to not purchase Ubuntu Telephone? However I’ve my causes to say that and I want to share it with you. So earlier than occurring a rampage within the remark field, first check out the the reason why shopping for an Ubuntu Telephone might be a mistake.
You shouldn’t purchase one since you can’t purchase one
Puzzled? I imply what’s stopping you from shopping for an Ubuntu Telephone? Reply is Canonical and bq themselves. They’ve opted for the advertising and marketing technique of Xiaomi and OnePlus the place they launch a restricted variety of handsets in a sequence of restricted time flash gross sales. In these type of sale, customers wait on the market to begin with already stuffed varieties and simply hit the button to checkout. However these flash sale attracts numerous guests and sometimes ends in server outage. It occurred with Xiaomi in Indian debut and it occurred with bq as properly.
When the sale for Ubuntu Telephone began at 0900 hours CET on 11 Feb, as anticipated, bq server crumbled with 12,000 hits coming per minute. Clearly, an enormous variety of customers had been left pissed off and agitated. So, Canonical apologized and scheduled one other spherical of flash sale at 1500 CET on the identical day. However bq is unusual firm. It began the sale at 1457 CET. Outcome was that this lot was offered by 1504 CET. And this left extra pissed off customers and the frustration was seen on Twitter and on Google Plus web page of Ubuntu.
As an avid Ubuntu person, I strongly oppose this flash sale technique. Simply to get the “offered out” standing and creating hype available in the market, Canonical shouldn’t be doing this. Why launch a really small quantity of telephones in a single go when you may put all of it on sale.
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Unnecessary to say that because the sale is restricted to Europe so you can’t purchase it formally in case you are out of Europe.
Your newly ordered Ubuntu Telephone remains to be distant
Even if you happen to someway managed to efficiently place an order for Ubuntu Telephone, you haven’t gained the battle simply but. Whereas ordering, you’ll see a message: “you’ll obtain your new system and the quilt in March”. Wait a sec! Did you not order it on 11th Feb? Then why ought to it attain you in March? And keep in mind, it isn’t that you’d get it on 1st of March as a result of there isn’t a particular date right here. It’s simply March.
Contemplating that when bq mentioned that the gross sales would begin subsequent week, many individuals assumed it might be Monday, ninth Feb. However then it began on 11th Feb. So we could assume that March might imply mid-March right here? There isn’t a data from bq over the transport dates.
Ubuntu Telephone just isn’t meant for normal smartphone customers
At no level Canonical tried to cover the truth that the primary Ubuntu Telephone just isn’t meant for normal smartphone customers who use their telephone for utilizing chatting apps reminiscent of WhatsApp, enjoying video games and so forth. Ubuntu Telephone doesn’t have apps however slightly it makes use of webapps and scopes. Widespread video games are nonetheless distant from Ubuntu. Not like Jolla’s Sailfish OS, Ubuntu Telephone doesn’t even have the aptitude to run the Android apps.
Subsequently you’ll find yourself with a smartphone with a restricted set of ‘apps’ and will certainly miss your favourite purposes in your present smartphone. And that’s why regular smartphone customers ought to keep away from shopping for Ubuntu Telephone.
Very common hardware
I do know that contemplating the value tag of Euro 169, you’ll say the hardware is simply effective. However that might be off placing for a lot of. This isn’t the type of specification a core Ubuntu fan would count on from the primary Ubuntu telephone. It will have been higher to launch the primary Ubuntu Telephone with just a little higher specification if not as excessive as Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone 6.
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However trying on the level that the Ubuntu Telephone OS remains to be in early section, it may not be capable of make the most of the total functionality of a excessive finish system. Maybe that might be a motive to launch the telephone with the average specification. However no matter many be the explanation, bq Aquaris is hardly an apt exchange for a excessive finish Android or iPhone.
Meizu MX4 powered by Ubuntu is coming quickly with higher hardware
Chinese language producer Meizu was rumored to unveil the primary Ubuntu Telephone at Cellular World CongressCES final yr but it surely didn’t. It did nevertheless displayed the Ubuntu powered Meizu system at Asian Cellular Expo in China. As per studies, Meizu is all set to launch its flagship system MX4’s Ubuntu model at this yr’s Cellular World Congress in first week of March.
Once you examine the specification of bq Aquaris E4.5 with that of Meizu MX4, you will note an enormous distinction between the 2. In fact there will probably be a distinction between the value too however if you happen to can cough up a number of Euro extra, I’d say to attend for Meizu. There aren’t any launch date as such however contemplating that even bq will begin transport in March, it might be value to attend for the higher system.
What’s your take? To attend or to not wait?
I’ve unfold my playing cards on the desk. What do you consider these factors? Do you assume it’s higher to not purchase an Ubuntu telephone now and await both the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu model or let Ubuntu Telephone be extra developed with extra ‘apps’ assist and video games? Do share your views.