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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Tapers Off

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July 30, 2013 6:14:28 PM

Good, wasn't a good idea anyways. Only hardcore Linux nuts would care about having Ubuntu and yet another fragmented OS for a phone. Can it play angry birds and will facebook messenger run on it is what people want, not a Linux phone. People don't care
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July 30, 2013 6:18:49 PM

I can't see anyone paying $800 for a phone that doesn't even have a 1080p screen.

Ubuntu should be trying to penetrate the custom rom market and drive denand for their os that way.
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July 30, 2013 6:25:06 PM

Not that I have the money to spend, but I would be disappointed to not see this phone come to fruition
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July 30, 2013 6:53:31 PM

As a non-sequitur, Kickstarter will fail in about 2 years.
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July 30, 2013 7:23:43 PM

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Good, wasn't a good idea anyways. Only hardcore Linux nuts would care about having Ubuntu and yet another fragmented OS for a phone. Can it play angry birds and will facebook messenger run on it is what people want, not a Linux phone. People don't care


You know it can run Android right?

Not a fan of this phone, but like the idea they have behind it in terms of trying to add something new to the market. doubt it will be a success even if launched.
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July 30, 2013 7:26:55 PM

wemakeourfuture said:
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Good, wasn't a good idea anyways. Only hardcore Linux nuts would care about having Ubuntu and yet another fragmented OS for a phone. Can it play angry birds and will facebook messenger run on it is what people want, not a Linux phone. People don't care


You know it can run Android right?

Not a fan of this phone, but like the idea they have behind it in terms of trying to add something new to the market. doubt it will be a success even if launched.


Not to mention if it retails for $725.
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July 30, 2013 7:55:24 PM

I'm actually a very big fan of Ubuntu and Linux in general, but I pretty much saw this coming. As awesome as this phone sounds, it doesn't exist yet, and people don't want to shell out nearly a grand for a phone they're getting in a year. I don't think this was one of Canonical's better ideas.

I was expecting more along the lines of them signing a deal with other phone manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung or LG to build a few different Ubuntu phone variations. That would've made more sense.
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July 30, 2013 8:01:45 PM

Nobody wanted one anyways.
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July 30, 2013 8:56:39 PM

getochkn said:
Good, wasn't a good idea anyways. Only hardcore Linux nuts would care about having Ubuntu and yet another fragmented OS for a phone. Can it play angry birds and will facebook messenger run on it is what people want, not a Linux phone. People don't care


I thought it was a great idea in principle. I'd probably pay the same price for a mid-high end phone if it ran Ubuntu vs. Android. Low-end devices can run desktop-mode applications on Ubuntu. Vs. cut-down crappy offerings on Android and iOS. Don't get me wrong, I love my android phone and tablets. But if I could choose between a phone running Android and its apps vs. a full-fledged Ubuntu install, I'd choose the ubuntu option (assuming, of course, the smartphone-esque features are not crippled in the process).

Where this failed is a very expensive developer phone running an OS that has not been vetted on mobile devices to any extent.
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July 30, 2013 9:32:16 PM

The product didn't seem like a good idea, but I like the concept of the OS.
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July 30, 2013 9:37:08 PM

What I meant to say, is that I do very much like the OS. But this was not the way to take the world by storm. An $800 phone? They'd be much better of having other companies do their bidding rather than making their own phone. The market is already saturated with companies that make phones, just let them do all the work.
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July 30, 2013 9:41:01 PM

Ubuntu is doing it wrong... they need to invest in a shell vs a app for the phones like the live cd :) ~
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July 30, 2013 10:10:29 PM

I'd reserve one, but I just bought a phone, ordered another, and I have console purchases waiting to happen too. Not making enough to keep up with my tech-enthusiasm.
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July 30, 2013 10:18:24 PM

I'd like to point out that with a minimum of 128GB storage, that price point seems to be well justified. For how much does iPhone 5 or S4 64GB retail? Only problem I can see is, if the phone runs ARM, the desktop seems kind of pointless, if not, great.
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July 30, 2013 10:35:28 PM

Don't forget that the price doesn't include any ridiculous carrier subsidies...
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July 30, 2013 11:59:39 PM

South Africa to the rescue ;)  Proud to be from the same country as Shuttleworth!
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July 31, 2013 12:19:22 AM

if they go x86, intel, and provide thunderbolt 2.0 connectivity, this phone will be the next big thing:
you could plug in any PC hardware that you need via the thunderbolt port, such as ... more storage, dedicated graphic card, Ethernet, all with a single cable, now thats handy

the spc isnt finalized yet, if they state thunderbolt 2.0 im in
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July 31, 2013 1:19:26 AM

People are full of what the media say to them, it's a 4.5 inch why should it be 1080p cause the media says 1080 is good. not so long ago we ongy had 1080p on +17" screens and now 1080p on 4.5 is a must?! the phone dual boots to andoid and ubuntu touch many people complain about Ubuntu touch like getochkn without even reading about the phone. it has 128Gb storage and you can attack external HDD via usb3 to it. it has 4GB of ram so it can give you a full desktop ecperience when it is attached to HDMI display. they have not yet chose a CPU/GPU because they want to do it right before starting production and they sayed they will choose the best based on benchmarking results. I really dont know what are people complaining about. this is not a phone this is a superphone. you wanted innovation, you were complaining about lack of innovation in phones and here it is innovation. now look at you...
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July 31, 2013 8:35:53 AM

Where is the $.025 tier?
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July 31, 2013 8:45:49 AM

I did read the article for those saying I didn't. Yes it can dual boot Android. Big deal. That just shows that they don't even have enough faith in the device to sell on it's own Ubuntu merits and have to shove Android in there too to try to appease people and get more sales. And really, what is that good for? You'd be in Android playing some games or apps, send some txt's, make some calls, boot to Ubuntu for whatever reason, get some more calls and txt's and nothing is synced now.

Yes you plug it into a TV and have a full desktop? Does the phone work then still? Running a full desktop is going to kill the battery so you'd have to power and the monitor plugged into it, maybe a hard drive too? Picking up an octopus phone full of cords to answer doesn't sound like fun.

It's hard enough to get app developers to make apps for the 3 version of phone OS's we have now, we don't need another one, especially one built on Linux, the OS that no one uses, despite anyone's claims.
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July 31, 2013 12:45:33 PM

getochkn, after reading the article I arrived to the same conclusion but think about a bluetooth headphone that you can have in your office or home to use when the phone is an octopus.
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August 1, 2013 12:23:27 AM

"Why would someone be willing to dump $800 into a smartphone that may never be commercially produced when great phones can be purchased for $300 right now?"

The price for an Ubuntu Edge phone is currently $775.

An Apple iPhone 5 with 64 GB costs $850. Max price for Ubuntu Edge with 128 GB is $830. Apart from that Ubuntu Edge will have the best multi-core processor available when produced, satire glass, and at least 4 GB RAM.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge--39/x/416...

Ubuntu touch is designed to be simple and friendly to use, and has a simple and understandable user interface:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-PEWGwk03o

Ubuntu Edge also make it easy to use your phone as a full dekstop computer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNhlVn3ETQ&t=1m50s
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August 1, 2013 2:32:17 PM

V1Dar said:
"Why would someone be willing to dump $800 into a smartphone that may never be commercially produced when great phones can be purchased for $300 right now?"

The price for an Ubuntu Edge phone is currently $775.

An Apple iPhone 5 with 64 GB costs $850. Max price for Ubuntu Edge with 128 GB is $830. Apart from that Ubuntu Edge will have the best multi-core processor available when produced, satire glass, and at least 4 GB RAM.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge--39/x/416...

Ubuntu touch is designed to be simple and friendly to use, and has a simple and understandable user interface:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-PEWGwk03o

Ubuntu Edge also make it easy to use your phone as a full dekstop computer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNhlVn3ETQ&t=1m50s


everyone keeps going on about the price, i think for what they are offering its a beast. not to mention, the iphone5 64gig for $850 is still just a fucking iphone and inherently rubbish. would happily put my money on the edge instead
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August 1, 2013 4:35:52 PM

nevilence said:
V1Dar said:
"Why would someone be willing to dump $800 into a smartphone that may never be commercially produced when great phones can be purchased for $300 right now?"

The price for an Ubuntu Edge phone is currently $775.

An Apple iPhone 5 with 64 GB costs $850. Max price for Ubuntu Edge with 128 GB is $830. Apart from that Ubuntu Edge will have the best multi-core processor available when produced, satire glass, and at least 4 GB RAM.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge--39/x/416...

Ubuntu touch is designed to be simple and friendly to use, and has a simple and understandable user interface:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-PEWGwk03o

Ubuntu Edge also make it easy to use your phone as a full dekstop computer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtNhlVn3ETQ&t=1m50s


everyone keeps going on about the price, i think for what they are offering its a beast. not to mention, the iphone5 64gig for $850 is still just a fucking iphone and inherently rubbish. would happily put my money on the edge instead


Or I could get an older-style flip phone and save $700-800.
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August 1, 2013 5:00:42 PM

thats true you could, but you would also get an old style flip phone and not a modern functional smart phone. your argument/statement seems irrelevant
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August 2, 2013 7:56:30 AM

nevilence said:
thats true you could, but you would also get an old style flip phone and not a modern functional smart phone. your argument/statement seems irrelevant


I don't care about the functionality of my phone, personally. That's why I have my PC. I would never spend $800 on a stupid phone.
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August 4, 2013 3:39:20 PM

John Bauer said:
nevilence said:
thats true you could, but you would also get an old style flip phone and not a modern functional smart phone. your argument/statement seems irrelevant


I don't care about the functionality of my phone, personally. That's why I have my PC. I would never spend $800 on a stupid phone.


Why read/comment on an article on a new smart phone then? Again, you are lacking relevancy
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August 4, 2013 4:54:11 PM

nevilence said:
John Bauer said:
nevilence said:
thats true you could, but you would also get an old style flip phone and not a modern functional smart phone. your argument/statement seems irrelevant


I don't care about the functionality of my phone, personally. That's why I have my PC. I would never spend $800 on a stupid phone.


Why read/comment on an article on a new smart phone then? Again, you are lacking relevancy


It was reading material, is that a bad thing?
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August 4, 2013 6:45:48 PM

Its a new expensive phone to cater for people that are interested in those kinds of devices, is that a bad thing?
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August 4, 2013 6:50:35 PM

I think it's a great idea, being able to dock a phone and use it as a computer is a good idea. That's why it had crazy specs. And the ability to dual boot android and linux is awesome. However, with that price point it's kinda pointless. Once they can get it down to $300 I think it will start to get some real traction.
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August 4, 2013 8:16:57 PM

John Bauer said:
nevilence said:
thats true you could, but you would also get an old style flip phone and not a modern functional smart phone. your argument/statement seems irrelevant


I don't care about the functionality of my phone, personally. That's why I have my PC. I would never spend $800 on a stupid phone.


640k ought to be enough for anybody!
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August 4, 2013 8:26:09 PM

nevilence said:
Its a new expensive phone to cater for people that are interested in those kinds of devices, is that a bad thing?


I didn't say it was a bad thing. It does a lot of things that a normal consumer would enjoy, and at the same time nothing more than a good phone and/or tablet would be enough for such a person. It almost eliminates the need for a computer; and in case you didn't know, that's why PC sales are shrinking.
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August 4, 2013 9:18:37 PM

V1Dar said:

640k ought to be enough for anybody!


hahaha, love it.

John Bauer, you called the phone stupid, thats like me calling computers stupid. The subjective nature of liking the phone means neither of us are incorrect in our views. I simply sought to point out that it fits a market, just like tablets, just like PCs and just like old flip phones fit their respective markets. Yes its expensive, but so is a $5k rediculous alienware/origin/other custom market PC, that being the case, it doesnt diminish its point of existing. This phone is the "custom PC market" of phones, if it ever ends up coming to the market that is.
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