BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black Review – The World’s First and The World’s Worst



The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black was announced back in January and, as its name suggests, it is the world’s first tablet that is running the Ubuntu operating system. When it was announced, there were many who were excited as it had the prospect of running the widely used Linux kernel, and it had a prominent feature that can even knock many Windows tablets out of the ballpark. At first, many would perceive this as a dream tablet as they would imagine the many things that they can do with it. However, the resulting performance is not as appetizing as it first sounded.

BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black Review - The World's First and The World's Worst

The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black is an Unexceptional Tablet

The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black has a 7,280mAh lithium-polymer battery, contains 2GB of RAM, as well as 16GB of internal storage. It is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, that does sound really good when reading on paper, but the actual performance is a totally underwhelming.

As for its design, the BQ Aquaris M10 weighs no more than just over a pound. Hence, it is not an unwieldy tablet as compared to the giant screens that pass of as slates whereas they might even be mistaken for another TV set. Moving forward, it does have a decent 10.1-inch display, and trying to use it with just one hand can cause some discomfort over time.

Speaking of its display, it is of a glossy finish, while the rear of the unit bears a matte finish. These design choices make for an improved grip, as well as a more flattering look. For the full HD version, the device is encased in an all-black finish, but the standard HD version has a bleached white finish.

For its build quality, it does feel solid at first, but the soldering job found on its display can become a major problem. For instance, when the device is held horizontally, especially towards the bottom of the panel, the unit may start to fall apart within just a few days of use. This is certainly not an ideal way to manufacture a device, especially knowing that you have to spend quite a bit to get it. It does make you wonder as to how the device was able to pass through quality assurance in the first place.

While the display and audio quality for the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black is decent enough, it cannot be helped to want more out of the slate. Also, the device is compatible with a mouse and keyboard, but there are some apps that won’t run properly, or at all, when using the peripherals. Try using the Firefox browser and you would be left with utter disappointment when using the mouse and the keyboard. So if you just want to save your time, money, and frustration, then it is best to just look somewhere else, or wait for someone else to make another Ubuntu-powered tablet.


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BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black Review – The World’s First and The World’s Worst
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