So, I tried out Ubuntu Phone again on my Nexus 4: it was okay…but I wouldn’t use it over Android.
However, to play devil’s advocate for a second, I wonder, how would I go about recommending an Ubuntu Phone? For me, the problem with Ubuntu Phone is it just doesn’t have a good ‘elevator pitch’.
If I was describing Ubuntu Phone OS:
- Less apps than than iOS, Android and even Windows Phone (possibly even Sailfish OS).
- Doesn’t currently offer much unique integration with the desktop, not even the Ubuntu desktop.
- Less choice of hardware than the other major platforms.
I can’t help thinking that many of the people who seem to want Ubuntu Phone to suceed, would be (rightly) pointing out if this was a Microsoft / proprietary OS, that Ubuntu Phone is essentially DOA. I think if Ubuntu Phone was going to find a niche - it would have largely been with people that are now on board with Jolla. The idea that someone could be persuaded (like Bryan or me) to see the practical benefits of Ubuntu Phone OS over other choices currently available seems a bit far fetched. I know there has been a lot of discussion of scopes: if that is the ‘killer feature’ that will make people switch, then Canonical and its hardare partners have a serious problem.