Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

For the past few years, we've been in a relatively healthy balance when it comes to our smartphones. Both Apple and Google provided us with relatively decent platforms that were pretty straightforward to use, provided us with interesting and useful functionality, and at mostly decent price points. In return, we accepted a certain amount of lock-in, a certain lack of control over our devices and the software platforms running on them. I felt comfortable with this trade-off, whether I was using an iPhone or an Android phone at the time.

Recently, however, I've been feeling like this balance in iOS and Android is tipping - and not in the right direction. The users' interests have taken a decided backseat to corporate interests, and the user experiences of the two platforms in question have, consequently, suffered, and I see little in the future to counteract this development

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RE: Comment by philcostin
by kurkosdr on Fri 4th Sep 2015 18:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by philcostin"
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I still can't bring myself to buy a smartphone. I feel it would lower my status from "human" to "consumer".

You could always by a Jolla, an Ubuntu phone or a used N900 and have an honest-to-goodness gnu/linux computer in your pocket (if that's so important to you).

But I feel that would increase your status from "whiner" to "user".

Edited 2015-09-04 18:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by philcostin
by demetris on Fri 4th Sep 2015 19:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by philcostin"
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You know ubuntu would sell every metric they could and send all your key strokes to the highest bidder.

Jolla is not very open. I can compile Android and load my nexus from source. I can't really do that with Jolla.

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RE[2]: Comment by philcostin
by philcostin on Sat 5th Sep 2015 11:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by philcostin"
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It's not that - I have a computer on my desk at home and work. The only time I might need a smartphone is when I'm driving - but then I can just check google maps before I set off. It's one less thing to bother charging up.

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