"World's first Ubuntu tablet" looks like a bad idea
posted by Michael H. / Mar 05, 2013, 7:41 PM
The tablet is from Intermatrix, an Australian manufacturer. It's called the U7, and it is listed to have a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex A9 CPU, quad-core Vivante GC1000+ GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 7" IPS capacitive touchscreen, and front and rear webcams. That all sounds fine, but there are some red flags.
First, the minimum requirements for an Ubuntu tablet is 2GB of RAM. We tested the Touch Preview on a Nexus 7, which only has 1GB of RAM, and it was noticeably sluggish. Also, the website claims that the tablet will ship in October, when Canonical has made it clear that Ubuntu tablets won't be shipping until April, when Ubuntu 14.04 is released. Pre-orders are set at AU$299 (US$307), but end up at AU$269 (US$274).10 after a 10% discount. And, if the final price is lower, you will be refunded the difference.
Intermatrix does say that the shipping date, price, and specs are not final and are not guaranteed, but it still doesn't really make sense to offer this pre-order (let alone purchase one). Ubuntu tablets aren't going to be coming for over a year, and a year is a long time in mobile hardware.
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Ubuntu is a desktop system, and it's good at it. Keep to what you're good at.
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 7:58 PM 4
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Yeah, good thing that Apple and Google kept to what they were good at. Would have sucked if they branched out into new products.
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 8:16 PM 15
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Also, I don't think tablet and phone OS versions are so much of a branching out as a logical next step. Desktops are becoming much less important so portable computing is where you want to be going.
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 8:47 PM 2
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Apple and Google did branch out, what are you talking about? Apple went from the desktop OS to making iOS for phones and tablets, and you have Apple TV. Google has gone from a search engine to making Android, Chome browser, Chrome OS, Google TV, etc.
posted on Mar 06, 2013, 8:43 AM 1
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Please title your article properly... To PA anything order than Android, WP, iphone is a bad idea, seems to me that whatever makes money is good and anything new is not. Ubuntu is all about flexibility. Ubuntu does not prevent you to release a tablet with whatever version is currently available, we have upgrade options later. we have an ARM version for Ubuntu for about a year now.
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 10:50 PM 2
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agree man, I was a fan of this site earlier, but now a days it seems these guys have lost it completely, or may they are getting paid by Apple. Quality of articles have seriously depreciated, they are focusing more on quantity of articles than quality. I hope these writers are not 16 year olds!
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 11:33 PM 0
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PA can't tolerate a new OS enter to the market, they only worship iOS...
posted on Mar 05, 2013, 11:28 PM 2
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Good at least someone other than big players dared to take the lead. This would make others start thinking. Good for Ubuntu. All Ubuntu needs is not APPS but good collection of GAMES to begin with in addition to 10-12 good productivity/office related apps. Have all the popular GAMES and Ubuntu will become popular.
posted on Mar 06, 2013, 1:29 AM 2
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It's not such an issue. There's Wine and the Steam is taking an initiative
posted on Mar 06, 2013, 2:24 AM 0
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