Listening to the very interesting discussion about Android vs iOS left me wondering if, when Joe’s OP3T goes south, he’ll get an iPhone.
To be honest, I totally take sides with those who care about the fact that Android may have an open source base, but, apart from that, it’s totally proprietary. I really don’t see how it’s the lesser of two evils.
Actually, after some time going back and forth, I ended up picking an iPhone. It’s not just Google Apps/Play/whatever-nonsensical-name-that-thing-uses-to-conceal-its-real-purpose: Android is very invasive in every sense, like when it asks what I thought about the coffee I have taken because it knows I’ve been to said coffee shop…
But using Linux on the desktop and using iOS as a mobile phone has a major annoiance: even though Dan has a point in saying nobody connects their phone to their computer in 2019, getting the pictures taken with my iPhone into my computer to archive, back them up or even process them is a major pain about which I don’t have yet an at least passable solution.
Someone surely will say “No biggie, I just use Google Photos and download them on my Linux box”… Well, well…
- Google Photos decreases quality - ok, can use the HD/whatever mode that takes space, which I imagine doesn’t decrease quality;
- upload to a remote server on the phone and download on the computer when both devices are in the same room?! Really?!?!?
- So I move to iOS to avoid Google’s prying eyes just to end up uploading something as personal as my pictures to Google’s AI to index them?? By the way, their auto-indexing/organizer is way better than any other one I’ve used.
Getting back to the “lesser of two evils” thing, it seems to me that at the moment Apple is the lesser of two evils, since I think the world now needs more privacy than software freedom, as freedom in the larger sense depends more on the former than the latter. IMHO, everyone who uses an Apple device because of privacy matters - as is my case - should make this public in order to make other companies realize people care about this, turning it into an incentive for them to respect users’ privacy more.