Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Feb 2010 14:32 UTC
Editorial The fact that the iPhone is a locked-down device, and that you don't really own it so much as rent it from Apple is well-known by now. The supposed reason for this lock-down is to ensure the device's stability and security - in fact, this has already become conventional wisdom. However, where is the proof that supports this statement? Is there any real-world evidence that suggests this model is better?
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echo.ranger
Member since:
2007-01-17

This need to protect device owners from themselves gets to me at times. "users can't be trusted to find applications".. no.. "owners" may not be able to find trustworthy applications but it's there device. If it wasn't, Apple should be handing out Iphones free and deriving all profit from service contracts.



Not that I'm disagreeing with the OP (I much prefer the freedom to install apps from any location), but there is a distinct difference from a smartphone versus a PC. Besides a flat-rate cost to get onto the Internet, you don't have any additional costs, or at least costs that you don't explicitly agree to and enter a credit card number. A smartphone on the other hand, can entail additional costs simply from use.

- You get malware on a PC that visits a porn site regularly, and you don't pay anything. Sure the site may get improved advertising revenue from extra hits, but you're not left with any bill for it.

- You get malware on a phone that dials a 900 number or sends SMS messages constantly, and you're left with a huge phone bill.

The landscape is different between the two due to the open-access nature of the Internet-connected PC and the explicit agreement between two parties for billing. Phones are a different matter entirely.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The N900 is a smartphone yet completely open to the consumer. Do the quick red-pill/blue-pill dance or add secondary repositories and your off. Nokia encourages third party software and exploration of what the device can do beyond there engineering plan. It also functions at no additional cost beyond the hardware if one chooses not to attach it to a network.

I'm not sure how the Android phones are. Nexus seems to be the only other smartphone device with a direct from vendor sales method. I'm guessing it can be used as a wifi only device but as it's not available in my area, I can't fake my way through the order form to see everything previous to the final billing information page.

Malware is also not unique to phones either. Visit a hostile website or leave your bluetooth open for anyone to connect and your hosed. bluetooth dialing 900 numbers has happening long before smartphones hit the market or the Iphone lockdown model went to production. Neither of these risks justify not providing a sanctioned jailbreak hidden option for advanced device owners.

(Fantastic headshot by the way. It's all kind of Hunter S Thomson.)

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

Malware is also not unique to phones either. Visit a hostile website or leave your bluetooth open for anyone to connect and your hosed. bluetooth dialing 900 numbers has happening long before smartphones hit the market or the Iphone lockdown model went to production.


Citation to where this has happened on the iPhone please...

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19


- You get malware on a PC that visits a porn site regularly, and you don't pay anything. Sure the site may get improved advertising revenue from extra hits, but you're not left with any bill for it.

Now that is just stupid! All the malware has to do, is wait for the owner to enter his PayPal, CC or online banking details in some screen and you'll see a lot more damages than 900 numbers.

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phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

Yeah, like a malware on a PC can't keylog your card id, or find your ebay & paypal login, and use all those silently, most probably after sending it directly to the guys behind the malware.

Nope. Never happened, and never will.

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