This post has been a long time in coming. Let me explain.
Last winter (well, winter here in the southern hemisphere), I got my hands on a BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet. You might have heard of it. It’s the tablet that’s powered by Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu.
Why did I get one? I was curious about Ubuntu Touch, but didn’t want or need a new phone. So I decided to give the tablet a try.
My initial impressions of the tablet were disappointing. While it’s light, the tablet is underpowered. Apps ran slowly, and the desktop apps included with the tablet — like Firefox, Gedit, and The GIMP — were even slower than I expected. On top of that, when I tried to use a pair of Bluetooth keyboards with the tablet, the response was laggy.
After trying to work with the tablet for about two weeks, I thought that 1) it definitely needed faster processor, and 2) future updates might smooth out the many rough edges.
I put tablet aside and, to be honest, forgot about it. Fast forward a few months. After returning home from All Things Open in late October, 2016 I was rummaging through a drawer for something when I stumbled upon the tablet in its case. After a bit of deliberation, I decided to give it another try. I started the tablet up and there was a huge … no, make that a huge update waiting to install.
That update made a massive difference. While I still believe that the Aquaris M10 is underpowered, the Ubuntu Touch itself has come a long way from when I first started using it last winter.
Here are my (now revised) thoughts about Ubuntu Touch, via my experiences with the Aquaris M10 tablet.