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Re: Phones Apps
Maybe I'm naive, but I always thought that they're ALL using my personal data to direct advertising. So it doesn't matter much whether you use iOS or Android. They're all using your info for this. And I don't think that's necessarily a sinister thing. If I've gotta look at ads, I might as well look at ones that are a good fit for me.
I know that there is potential for abuse, such using the GPS to track my wherabouts, but I figure you need to take the good with the bad. Aside from my SSN, bank accounts, credit cards, etc., I just don't have that much to hide.
All things considered, I like Android's ability to sideload apps and data, and to directly access the file content of the entire phone. Apple's obsession with controlling access to the contents of their phones and tablets does raise my suspicion a little bit.
I see much of this as a repeat of the Mac vs. Windows battles of the '90s. Apple exerts huge control over the user experience and jumps off to a fast lead, but that control ultimately stifles innovation. The more free-wheeling environment (Windows then, Android now) initially has problems with inconsistent user experience, but over the years that sorts itself out and the innovation takes off and surpasses Apple because the more open environment is ultimately friendlier to the most creative developers. It happened before, and I see it happening again.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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