First official Ubuntu tablet to be released at the end of the month

See announcement: http://news.softpedia.com/news/the-ubuntu-tablet-bq-aquaris-m10-will-be-....

Anyone thinking of buying this? I, for one, am considering it.

Doesn't t say if the screen is IPS?

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It's probably not IPS. I think that's only in the highest end (like $500-600) tablets. CNET has a short look at it, too:

http://www.cnet.com/products/bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-edition/

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

Yes, looks like it is high resolution but probably not a IPS screen.

Costco has a 7" Acer Iconia tablet for $99, with good specs and it does have an IPS screen. :-) Very tempting!

Don't go just by the type of screen, though. DPI count and resolution are more important for looking at a display. And of course, the processor and graphics specs of the tablet. I doubt $99 tablets are of very good quality. Remember that with a tablet, you're going to be seldom looking at it at awkward angles since it's handheld.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

I like the 10" screen. I kind of wish I had bought a tablet with a bigger screen. 8" is good, but 10" would've been better. It's funny though, Mike, I remember when you used to say 10" was too big. :D

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

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I did say that, and by and large, I'm happy with my iPad mini because of its lightness and comfort in holding it in one hand while reading and watching video on it. But that's as a consumption device, not a computer. This tablet looks like it could really be used as both with the convergence feature. Now that I'm using Ubuntu for most of my work, I can envision myself using such a tablet for work as well as casual email, browsing, document reading and viewing of documents. But I won't know until I've read more about it, and maybe not until I have tried it. It really does interest me, and I could see myself buying it on spec, as long as it can run the same apps that I can run on Ubuntu on a computer.

But to come back to your point, it might be easier to hold than a 10" iPad, but its unlikely to be as easy as an 8" mini.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

Your answer pleases me. I can't see using it as a computer, not without a keyboard and mouse. And then you might as well use a notebook. I suppose in a way, it could be an inexpensive way to have a computer with a touchscreen though.

Jason

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I agree about the keyboard and mouse. So here might be an example. Pack the tablet on a trip with accessible stuff on a plane, with keyboard and mouse packed away somewhere else. I arrive at a place I am visiting, either for work or a family visit. If work, take tablet to office and hook up to monitor, mouse and keyboard at office or if family visit, to a monitor, mouse and keyboard in the house. If travelling with no access to a desktop monitor, use the mouse and keyboard on occasions when you're doing work. Otherwise, stick with tablet in tablet mode. Leave laptop at home.

Mac user running Ubuntu 16.04 (Unity, Gnome) on Dell XPS 13 (4gb RAM, 250gb SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04, Chromixium, Remix OS and Crunchbang++ on upgraded 11.6" Acer 1810TZ Olympic Edition (4gb RAM, 240 SSD)
Ubuntu 16.04 on Mac mini, iMac & Dell 7020

That's a good point. And it's a full computer without the price of a MS Surface Pro.

Jason

Computer enthusiast, beginner programmer, political geek.

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