First impressions of BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is the world’s first Ubuntu phone, and Noni has had one for some days now, and I asked her for her first impressions of the rare smartphone. She obliged! Enjoy. – Mr. Mo

Aquaris E4-5-appdrawer-in hand

  • Not brilliant battery life – quite poor actually
  • Keyboard is annoying to type on. It has one of the worst if not the worst auto-correct 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
  • 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?

You can have a look at the full specs of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition.

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23 thoughts on “First impressions of BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

  • March 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    wanna know… been interested in d os since announcement… so pls elucidate explicitly

  • April 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I own one it is quiet a nice phone. I’ve been using it for my daily phone for two weeks now and I am quitt happy with it.
    Battery life can be extented by adjusting backlight and switching of gps
    Adding apps will work through the app store like on any smartphone
    Unfortunately there are at this point in time only the most essential apps availible

    A very usefull app is dekko for e-mail. It is still in beta some improvements are still to be expected. Useful would be support for contacts.
    I have yet to find out how to sync the calendar to thunderbird lightning support for that would be appreciated.

    • April 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Hi Eddy, did you get Dekko from the official store or one of the spin-offs? I’ve been looking for an email app.

      But GPS chops battery seriously, as I have discovered!

    • May 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm


  • April 4, 2015 at 4:54 am

    video review? photos? anything people!!! make we for see d os function with we own 2 eyes

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:43 am

      apparently either dem too busy for us or the os nor make am

    • April 10, 2015 at 9:40 am


    • April 10, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      You people have no chill – yes, I’m looking at you ehis and askichthys. You could go Google it you know, like seriously, it’s that easy to find something on the Ubuntu OS experience!!


      Anyway, here’s Muyiwa’s Youtube of his experience using Ubuntu on his Nexus 5 which piqued my interest enough to buy:

    • April 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Hehe. Sorry o, Lady Noni, for offending you…it’s just that we like things served to us on a platter of gold most times. We understand that you’ve got other things to do with your time beside coming on Mobility to yodel about some phone. Just don’t mind us o!
      Thanks for your time!
      Hope we’re forgiven?

    • April 10, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      @AskIchthys, I will think about forgiveness after elections :p

      Lemme see what ehis comes up with *narrows eyes and glares at ehis*

    • April 11, 2015 at 5:53 am

      lol… what I do? tisnt my fault, my chill button is broken

    • April 11, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Lol. “Chill button”, indeed!

    • April 11, 2015 at 3:35 pm


      @noni BTW the Muyiwa YouTube has no link in the post

  • April 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

    noni… u don win,I don go download one video abt d os from YouTube noni.. am reporting u to d MOs (Mr & Mrs Mo & family)

    • April 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      and of course the video was below per per satisfaction wise

    • April 11, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      The long term aim is for any Android phone/tablet to run Ubuntu. At the moment it runs on a few Nexus devices (the Nexus 5 being a compatible device).

      The BQ Aquaris phone I have is the same as its Android equivalent, except running Ubuntu.

    • April 11, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      If you report me…ehen…

    • April 11, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      abi I haff not report u ni.. *in raised voice* “MR MO!!!!!”

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