First impressions of BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

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The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is the world’s first Ubuntu phone, and I have had one for some days now. I shared my thoughts with Mister Mo, and he asked me to share my first impressions of the rare smartphone.


I am not a writer or a blogger, so bear with me: this article is not a detailed one. Let’s start with the key specs of the phone before I jump into my thoughts.

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu first impresions

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition Specs

  • 4.5-inch, 540 x 960 pixel (240 ppi), IPS capacitive screen. Dragontrail protection, display
  • Ubuntu Mobile OS
  • 2G, 3G networks
  • MediaTek processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB built-in storage memory
  • 32 GB microSD card support
  • 8 megapixels rear camera
  • 5 megapixels front camera for selfies
  • microUSB v2.0, micro-USB OTG slot
  • 2,150mAh battery.
Aquaris E4-5-appdrawer-in hand

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition: My first impressions

  • Not brilliant battery life – quite poor, actually. Which is no surprise, considering the measly 2150mAh capacity of the battery
  • The Keyboard is annoying to type on. It has one of the worst, if not the worst, autocorrect I’ve ever come across
  • But I love Scopes. I am still trying to figure out how to add an app to the Apps scope
  • The rear camera isn’t too bad. I am yet to try the front one. I wouldn’t expect much, though.
  • HERE Maps isn’t offline, but at least there’s a map service available
  • I should also add that it is pretty easy to find your way around the phone.

Your thoughts, everyone?

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