I received my Ubuntu phone yesterday and had some time to play around with it, so I thought I share my initial impression of the OS. The phone is really lower middle class, a bit sluggish at times and doesn’t feel very nice. But I wasn’t expecting that and that’s not why I bought the phone.
“bad things” first
- of course there aren’t that many apps available as of now, but that isn’t really unexpected.
- there is no support for caldav and carddav.
- the one email client I tried can’t display notifications for new mails because the functionality is missing in the OS. bug report already open for that.
- Well, I really like the today scope, that’s something that I’m missing on my current android device. One “page” where I can find all the relevant information for today.
- I’m basically only using Tiny Tiny RSS for news, so it would be really nice to have the already existing tt-rss app for ubuntu touch converted as a scope. I already wrote the dev, let’s see what he has to say.
- The nearby scope is really useful when you’re on the move.
- photos should include support for self hosted services, like seafile or owncloud but I like the approach of showing the photos by date.
- ssh access. Ever since I updated to Lollipop none of the ssh apps for android are working anymore and I love my terminal!
- apt-get! being able to install rsync and vim (to name just two) via command line is just great. I love linux and the ability to create a couple of shell scripts that can do what I need.
That being said, I really think canonical should try and steer away from the integration of services like facebook and google. Everyone else is already doing that and it would take quite some time to get to the same level. Instead, they should focus on the things that nobody else cares about at the moment. Privacy and not selling out the user base by making them the product. This includes build in support for things like caldav and carddav, OSM for maps and navigation.
If you have that, a lot of people will switch over for that reason alone. Your data in your own hands. Make sure to enable users to do just that and I’m sure you’ll see plenty of users making the switch once good hardware is available.
So, if the devs need someone to test some things out on ubuntu touch , I’m more than happy to help out. Hell, I’m even willing to send you the device to scotland if that makes things easier. I said it before and I still think it would be a smart move to focus on ubuntu touch and build a coalition with canonical on the way. This would help both tremendously which would be a very good thing.
So, that’s it for the moment. If you have any questions, just let me know.