My Ubuntu Touch daily driver is...
The new devices page is so much better than what it was with better comprehensive list of what is working and what is not! https://devices.ubuntu-touch.io
What I would like to do with this thread is just a list of what devices can "really" be use like a daily driver.
Just post here if you are using a UT phone every day without any trouble ( if you can't make an audio call or you don't have cellular data I think it can't be a daily driver for everybody).
It can be easier for new users to find the right phone for them or just check what devices are working well.
So, my daily driver since 3 months is the Redmi 7 Onclite. ( GSI / OTA 13 )
Problems: - WiFi random shutdown when lock screen.
- for files transfer I have to use the SD card caused no MTP.
For others minor bugs check https://devices.ubuntu-touch.io .
Moem last edited by Moem
Using an OpO since May... It was just to try it for a week or two and here I am!
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OnePlus3 daily driver since a few months and I have been a few times very close to reverting it back to LinageOS to be honest. But since a few weeks (on dev channel) the only thing still missing is video recording, otherwise I am quite happy with it now.
Edit: of course there are some general not device specific things I don't like, such as the lack of easy CardDAV contact syncing and contacts access from Dekko2 or the lack of a nice native XMPP client.
libremax last edited by
BQ 4.5 and Nexus 5 since 2015.
stanwood last edited by
Nexus 5 for me and Vollaphone for my wife.
Both work well. )
We both came from IOS (don't like messy Android UI & menus)
lduboeuf last edited by
a BQ4.5, very happy with it
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In descending order
OP 3 last 2 weeks
Bq uPlus for a couple months
OP 3 for months
OPO again for months
jezek last edited by
BQ E5 HD - my only phone from 2015 until I broke it's screen in 2018. The display works, but touch not. I can still use it with keyboard a used it few times for hotspot creation.
FP2 - daily driver from 2018 until now.
@tchan barely expired, you can read this : https://forums.ubports.com/topic/4877/daily-driver/21
Personally, the BQ E 4.5 and after the BQ E 5 HD gave me a lot of satisfaction and they continue to do so.
But we have to evolve, the '4g' is going to become
'the union minimum' : since a week that I can really test and use the Volla (cellular SIM data ok now) in an in-depth way, I note and confirm its potential: it is in a transitional phase and used daily at the moment (RC channel).
bq E5 HD from 2015 to around 2019.
- It was a great phone with UT but it's not good with multitasking since it only have 1GB of RAM.
Meizu MX4 in 2019
- It was a great phone as well, at least initially. I can't think of a device specific issue however, something happened to it, not sure if hardware or software. Charging takes a lot longer (6+ hours) and the phone is usually sluggish for no apparent reason.
Nexus 5 for a few weeks in 2020
- It's fine but battery isn't that good and there are device specific issue like video playback and missing camera features.
Xperia X 2020 until now
- Best UT device I've used. Performs really well and I like the size. There are also some device specific issues though like some missing camera features and random reboots but nothing showstopper.
I am very hapilt using a Vollaphone since december. The only issue i noticed is that GPS does not really work. Everything else works really well.
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Charging takes a lot longer (6+ hours)
Battery maybe dead...
the phone is usually sluggish for no apparent reason.
Mine is never "sluggish".
One issue of MX4 is hardware related (and not ut related) : its battery percentage's not reliable, especially with used one.
BQ E5 HD - from the very beginning. Although I have been on dev channel from the time Ubports took over, i never faced a real problem. Well done Ubports team and eveyone working on the system. My other phones are the Nexus 5 (unfortunately with an hardware issue, else it is performing well) and the pinephone. The latter needs more love but I hope it is getting it eventually.
@keneda Yeah, my MX4 seems to have its own issue. Battery isn't exactly dead since it still lasts long. Probably something with the port. Data connection doesn't work as well so I won't be able to reflash it in case it becomes unbootable Sluggishness happens most of the time but there are rare time it suddenly becomes normal again.
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You could change the mx4 usb plug ^^
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From October 2018, for about a year it was a OnePlue One - for the most part everything works well with it, with phone calls and LTE mobile data all good, as well as it being able to send to wireless external display. The downsides to it being no camera zoom, no camera flash, poor camera autofocus, mediocre photos as well, less reliable micro-USB connection, not great battery life, and difficulty with it ever finding location via gps.
I replaced this with a Meizu Pro 5, which relative to the OnePlus One has better display, faster cpu, working finger print unlock, extra slot for micro SD card or a second SIM, working flash and zoom for the camera (which also has a better sensor), and decently fast lock to gps. Its downside was it was difficult to flash to UT (if you purchase one that comes with Flyme OS), and that it is limited to 3G/HSPA for mobile data here in the USA due to LTE band incompatibilities. But otherwise this is a great device to use with UT.
And currently I have a Volla Phone, which I think is truly a beautiful device to use UT with. The only real issue in using it as a daily driver I have come up with is that has been that phone calls and sms texts work on my current carrier T-mobile (for USA, central Texas to be more precise), but that mobile data has been limited to 2G with them - while the test of an AT&T SIM in a store demo, I got LTE mobile data, but was not able to make a phone call. I am waiting on an AT&T network sim from Red Pocket Mobile to test whether I can get both working in a dual sim setup. External wireless display also does not work right now, and there is no support in the UT Camera app for the second rear camera which enables "portrait mode" currently, and that the network indicators in portrait mode get hidden behind the tear drop notch as well. But other than those foibles, the Volla is highly recommended by myself.
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I went from a feature phone to Ubuntu touch on a Oneplus One as my daily driver. The lack of flash and zoom for taking pictures has to be the only features that reduces the phones usability in anyway for me.
The only other thing that I would like to be able to use on Ubuntu Touch is video calling like Zoom.
As for GPS I have only really tried once outdoors and after turning it on and keeping it alive with an app it eventually figures out your location. For everyone that says it doesn't work I think they are used to devices with A-GPS which is assisted GPS that uses cell towers and Wifi networks to determine the location way before it has enough satellite pings for normal GPS locating.
I now have a OnePlus 6T for experimenting and the current build for it is old and not really ready for daily use.
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Oneplus One zoom and flash is coming with the Halium 7.1 update, currently its still blocked by some tooling thats needed to upgrade the old installations from classic ports to Halium. But once we have this we can roll it out...