Ubuntu Touch on Redmi Note 7 as a daily driver for a casual usage?
Hey guys! This isn't "what works, what doesn't" question. I'm wondering, is there anyone using this as a day to day phone? With no other devices. Not as a developer, but as a student or 9 to 5 worker, or etc. I know there are some issues and a different experience from your google ridden android. But is it enough for daily use? I am a linux user. Not a developer. And focused on improving privacy. This seems perfect and amazing.
Although, few months back, I installed this using ubports, but my device had no network. It didn't read the sim and basically it wasn't something I'd use.
Now it seems everything works almost perfectly. So, is anyone facing any problems that you don't wanna tackle everyday by reading through forums and troubleshooting? For someone who dont wanna spend time trying to make basic things work every day or so.
What about app support? I know open store has almost everything you need, but do they work? For ex, a safe but usable google maps alternative? Or whatsapp web (I hate whatsapp but all the internships and college groups tend to use it)
I hope i was able to express my concern. Please share any insights. I'm on the verge to say goodbye to android and use linux everywhere.
@humbl3one I'm using Redmi Note 7 since 2 months.
Works pretty well, very reliable (read my state of play in the same section). Video recording does not work yet (stable release).
Google maps: I use Pure Maps
Whatsapp: I use Teleports (Telegram client)
Facebook: I use Sailbook
Shazam: I use Music recognition. (does not work yet on RN7, microphone access unable)
Mail client: Dekko2
So I can well recommand this device as daily phone.
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As @stanwood said, there is puremap https://open-store.io/?sort=relevance&search=pure maps but also uNav https://open-store.io/app/navigator.costales (the one i used when i owned a car without GPS).
I can tell uNav worked pretty well when needed it, but as i don't use whatsapp i can't tell for its apps.
@stanwood Thankyou. I went through you article, it almost covers everything. Although there are issues still present, but I'd prefer UBtouch over android for sure. Can you leave some insights on the need to troubleshoot or the need to connect with a pc? I mean as a mobile OS I don't want to frequently connect my pc to code and troubleshoot something. It's not that I can't, but shouldn't need to spend too much time.
Feature, apps, reliability etc are covered in your post. Thankyou again.
@keneda Yes it seems, in terms of app support, UT has almost everything. Thankyou. But do the work reliably? Reviews show less ratings. So do apps, like uNav or other utility apps crash or something? I don't use facebook or other useless crap, but i need reliable basic functions.
Generally speaking, UT is sorely lacking in office apps. No spreadsheet, just basic note taking. As for the responsiveness of the gps, I've never been convinced until now, and even when it deigns to work on ANY smartphone. Other than that, I love UT.
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uNav, when i used it, didn't crash.
Other apps i use quite daily, like Morph, Home, Document Viewer, Messaging or Calling, do not crash.
I have issues with Dekko 2 (mail), but still in beta.
But some issues on some apps/fonctionnality, depend on the device used, MX4 is still one of the better uTouch working device.
@stanwood I am using Sailbook with redmi not 7 and I can't send messages even if you are connected on wifi nor 4g, do you have the same issue ?
@miniblop You mean "Messenger" in Sailbook?
@stanwood yes exactly, whatever the 'action' I doin the messenger part on Sailbook, nothing is send to the receiver (text message, image, réaction, ...)
@miniblop Weird. I just did test right now and it worked. I'm on OTA-17 Stable
@stanwood I am also using it on the ota 17. I noticed that I can't send any mms. It's kinda strange because I am able to send email using 4g but I can't send any file in an email...