I had a heated discussion this evening with someone who owns both a jailbroken iPhone and an Android-based phone. The discussion centered on the conflict surrounding DRM and the availability of options on a jailbroken iPhone not present on a warranted iPhone. I am not in favor of jailbroken iPhones. I think they are a disgrace. iPhones are fucking awesome. If you don’t like the OS your phone ships with, buy a different phone. Why go through all the trouble of jailbreaking your device (which has the potential to turn your device into an expensive paperweight that can not be restored), when you can simply use the fucking thing as intended right out of the box? Sure, you can tether with a jailbroken phone, and you can use apps that Apple wouldn’t approve, but honestly, why? It’s true. Apple rejects some apps because they don’t meet their standards. You know why? Because they care about their product image. They do not want a metric fuck load of apps on their device that crash, steal your identity, block your calls without your consent, record your calls without your knowledge, or any of the far worse things I can’t even imagine because I’m a decent fucking human being. But that’s not what Android is about. Android wants you to be completely free to fuck yourself in the ass without a reach-around. That’s the price of freedom. Without filters, you are exposed to the shit, and it’s far worse than you could possibly imagine.
If you’re a Windows user (please stop reading my blog if you are. the world would be better off if you walked into traffic), you are quite familiar with viruses. Well, guess what? Your Android phone might just have a virus, and you would never know it. Wondering why you haven’t received a text from Sally, who you really thought you had a shot with until you stopped receiving any texts from her? In all likelihood, your phone has some app on it that has blocked your text messages from Sally. Sure, you thought you were downloading some app to make your background show pictures of Megan Fox naked, but actually, it’s blocking your texts and instead re-routing them to a scammer, who is using them to determine how likely you are to buy into their latest con.
When it comes to freedom on your mobile device, you sometimes get more than you bargained for. Sure, it feels good to be able to do anything you want to your device. After all, you paid top dollar for that HTC Evo 4G, and you’re all about the flexibility to tether your other wifi devices and do video calls via 4G. Just remember that you’re at the mercy of the developer, who might very well be out to steal your identity at the first opportunity. And there’s nothing to stop them because you chose a device without any review process in the apps you download. There is no one to protect you from the wild imagination of the sinister developers. And if you think I’m just being paranoid, think again. With openness comes great risk. Do you really trust this random developer who built a theme for your background? On an Android phone, you can’t be sure your lolcats background of the cat flushing the toilet isn’t also quietly sending your personal information to a third party. Without a layer of protection keeping out the malicious developers, you just can’t be sure. You are completely exposed.
Even if it’s true that Android devices outnumber iPhones (which I don’t believe), there is no doubt that an app on an iPhone is guaranteed not to fuck you over. Can your Android device claim that? Far from it.