I was a little hesitant to splurge on a new laptop that wasn't in the Ubuntu Certified Hardware list (as of May 2016) but there are usually only a couple of things that can go wrong (video and the wifi) so I researched those and felt confident enough to go for it. Other than a couple of minor hurdles, it's gone smoothly so far. I haven't seen any tutorials on these laptops so I thought I'd share.
Some people, including myself have pointed out that Shotwell Photo Manager is not able to import images and video files from some Android phones. The error reported is:
Unable to fetch previews from the camera: Could not claim the USB device (-53)
Here is my workaround: