BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is a convertible tablet suited to the jobs, based on Ubuntu Touch operating system.
BQ Aquaris Ubuntu Edition M10 looks like a classic tablet, with a slightly glossy black plastic body, with good grip, but excessive elasticity – tends to bend when subjected to pressure.
Aesthetically speaking, it is certainly very pleasant, also thanks to the rational arrangement of keys, speaker outputs, and I / O. Compared to the version with Android, there appears to be its improvements as regards the keys, very resistant here (although sharp).
On the back there, ever-present, the 8MP camera and BQ logo, which unfortunately gets easily being imprinted in the plastic.
In the front, in addition to the large 10.1 “display (very little oleophobic), they are placed by 5PM the front camera and two speakers with Dolby Atmos good quality.
On the right side are the keys to lock the screen and for adjusting the volume, both well balanced and spaced apart, so that it reduces the risk of pressing the wrong button.
In the lower house the 3.5mm jack, microUSB 2.0 port (paccato the USB cable is short) and a mini-HDMI port.
BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, thanks to the size of 246x171x8,2 mm, is ergonomic and easy to hold in hand.
From the hardware point of view, BQ Aquaris Ubuntu Edition M10 mounts a processor 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek, not particularly powerful, with 2 GB of RAM, slightly undersized for a convertible device. For storage are available 16 GB, expandable via microSD.
The display, as said, is 10.1 inches, with a resolution of 1200 × 1920 pixels and 240 PPI (pixels per inch). Although it offers a wide range of colors, pixels are too visible and can annoy your eyes. The brightness, however, is great.
Special mention deserves the operating system of the BQ Aquaris M10 Edition Ubuntu: Ubuntu Touch, based on the 4.15 release of Ubuntu. This particular operating system makes it, in fact, a completely different device than its counterpart Android, allowing the user to switch from tablet mode to the desktop with a single gesture.
You can then work on the tablet like a PC, making the device suitable for those who need to always have at hand a computer.
Unfortunately, given the recent release of this OS, there are very few applications installed, thereby reducing the device to a purely business use. Moreover, the choice of this device is aimed at a smaller audience because it requires a certain familiarity with the desktop version of the Linux system.
However, BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition seeks to facilitate the use of even the less experienced, starting when you first turn a demo of the available gesture.
Even for an experienced user, however, there is a certain skepticism about the versatility of this tablet, since there are few customization options, making the experience of not always pleasant to use, especially if you are coming from iOS or Android systems.
Unfortunately, at a deeper level of analysis, this M10 Ubuntu Edition does not seem to have been fully optimized to fully manage the operating system that mounts. This is demonstrated by the discrepancy that you notice between the promises of the technical specifications and the actual lack of responsiveness of the operations.
The lack of fluidity is evident, even in the development of gesture (the tablet has wrong more than once the interpretation).
The hardware also generates a lot of heat after half an hour of using the browser-only and with a few tabs open.
Another problem has emerged connecting external keyboard and mouse (either via Bluetooth or via USB), that during the tests often lost connection or proved unresponsive. For a product that claims “convertible”, is not a boast.
As for autonomy, fortunately the capacious 7280 mAh battery performs his duty very well – despite the high temperatures testify excessive use of energy – while at the device between 2 and 3 days of self-sufficiency with a moderate use, and an entire working day at full capacity.
The two Acquaris M1 cameras, however, are another sore point: the quality of the shots is definitely lacking (preferably the rear camera but only during the day), due to a slow and unresponsive focus of an exhibition not well calibrated.
Practical and lightweight, especially suitable for a business use is not particularly onerous, BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is still a niche product by its very nature, since it mounts a little spread OS and poorly supported.
A similar venture certainly hides a certain charm, but also those who love Linux and around the world will find unconvincing performances and annoying defects found.
BQ deserves praise for the courage, but sometimes not enough.