So I've spent some time tinkering with the #UbuntuTouch
phone I bought from #BQ
First impression... the user interface is actually really nice once you unlearn the Android way" and get into the whole edge swipe thing. I actually find it MUCH more intuitive and easy to use than Android or iOS. Basically, with some additional fine tuning, this has some potential to be a really usable phone UI.
The phone hardware is pretty basic. It's functional, but it misses the nice-touch features like the wake/sleep thing when you open/close the flip case. This is purely the budget phone, and not anything to do with the OS it runs on (it'd be the same running on Android).
Next point... the lack of core applications that most people are using. :-(
Facebook is "supported" through an "app" that simply opens the browser and points you at the mobile web version of Facebook. This is OK, but there are usability issues with the mobile web client.
Whatsapp is not there at all (yet?). This is a dealbreaker for a lot of people I've talked to. It's a bit of a puzzle to me though. There is an alternative app called Telegram (which is available on all phone OSes) that does 100% of what #Whatsapp
does, and it's free. All you need to do is install it on your phone just like you do with Whatsapp. I've suggested Telegram to a few people (so I can communicate with them in place of Whatsapp) and they have ALL refused to install the app. They won't even consider it... just a solid "NOPE!" Baffles me. They will install a million other ridiculous apps and click through ALL the click-bait in Facebook, but they won't install a new chat application.
Other apps like Skype and other VoIP apps I use are noticeably missing. That is a bit tough to work around. I make most of my calls (outside of Austria) on VoIP apps... missing those makes it hard to use the phone as a phone.
GPS nav apps are also missing. There is a default mapping app called "Here Maps" that works sort of OK, but if you're used to Google maps or a third-party offline GPS nav application, you're not going to enjoy Here Maps all that much. There is a Google Maps app that you can install so the weird Here Maps is avoidable.
Conclusion - I like the Ubuntu Touch OS, but it really needs to get those core apps to make it a serious contender for the average users.