Recently I find an opportunity to acquire a second-hand Aquaris bq 4.5 Ubuntu Edition. So below is a first batch of my experiences.
The phone is nice and simple and really well done (for such class of things, of course). A great “Reminders” application comes pre-installed (and it has Evernote sync). It’s not (only) for reminders but it’s a very good notetaking application like the Evernote.
The basic OS is quite nice (easy to use). The problem is lack of applications and there also other glitches:
- Many things assume than one is always connected (even Today scope every time searches for someting on the net – that’s anoying).
- No off-line navigation or map application.
- No integrated CalDAV/WebDAV/CartDAV sync (there is syncevolution which can be used but only form the command line – and it’s pretty uncomfortable on a touch-based computer).
- Most applications are just polished web pages (so they don’t work off-line), even the GMail app.
- The WWW browser does not remember passwords or other entered texts.
- There is a quite nice ebook reader and a pair o PDF viewers but no way to view DJVu, dox/docx/odt or other office file formats.
That’s all for the moment. Still playing with it…