My Ubuntu Phone is here!


Updated: April 25, 2015

It is a rare, weird thing to see someone rather opposed to the idea of palm-sized computing, using touch and a somewhat chimp-like expression of concentration, get excited about a product that is essentially exactly that. But I am very pleased to say that I'm feeling a fanboy right now. It's not the smartphone, nor Ubuntu per se. Not even the combination thereof. It's Linux.

Anyhow, the two phones arrived yesterday, and I spent some time taking photos and brushing them up, the photos I mean. This isn't a proper review yet, just a teaser. You sure are welcome to take a look, and there will be a real, in-depth article coming very soon. For now, we have this little gallery. After me.

Teaser

Unboxing the phone

The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition comes in a nice, fancy package, with the right dose of orange color. Inside the box, you will find a phone that's neither too big nor too slim. It's more like what the mainstream market used to offer a couple of years ago, which makes far more sense than the ultra-slippery models today. Aquaris reminds me of iPhone 4, not that I'm a great connoisseur of phones and what they should be like, but that's how it is.

The set includes a USB cable, a Euro socket charger and the phone itself, plus a brochure. Simple and to the point. The design is elegant and pleasing, I like the back side logo, and the camera element looks like it's going to be quite decent. Well, I don't know, I still have not turned it on. Honestly. The expectations are high.

Two devices

Unwrapping

Unpacked

Box, open

Phone set

Logo

Logo zoomed

Side view

Details

Conclusion

There you go. An appetizer. I have waited for a very long time for this device, and it'd better not disappoint. A lot is at stake, including my good mood. Well, there. My Ubuntu Phone is here - and yours too. Pristine, packaged. Waiting. You know what to do.

Cheers.

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