If the smartphone world were the stage for a Star Wars movie, Apple and Google would be The Empire (albeit less evil and with just a smidge fewer blasters). The two companies have a near-ironclad control of the market and have managed to edge out powerhouse competitors, including Microsoft and BlackBerry.
The two firms’ grip has left many, myself included, yearning for a new hope to bring balance back to the universe. Enter Canonical, aka The Rebellion, and the BQ Aquaris M10 tablet.
Ubuntu on a mobile and tablet is still in its infancy. In the past I’ve found this has meant a lot of its services and features can feel a little unpolished.
Whenever I’ve reviewed Ubuntu powered mobiles, I’ve run into more than a couple of performance bugs. These include inexplicable stutters when navigating between menu screens, as well as serious battery issues – the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition I tested last year outright leaked its charge when it was tasked to run multiple applications.
The BQ Aquaris M10 I tested was a preproduction model, so I can’t sensibly say if these old ghosts still haunt Ubuntu. But I definitely noticed a few jitters during my hands-on.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht