Iphones. Glorious walled garden devices that won't even let you browse your own files on the device, let along use something like Syncthing or even - I think - ssh based apps.
The first thing an iOS device does when you power it up is to call back home to Apple. They never have been private people are finally waking up.
Androids that cost half as much have better specs and can be wiped for complete privacy and be used for anything with combination of smart apps iphone users can't dream about.
@jrss I certainly agree on the hardware front. Yes, the tendency for aluminium over plastic is welcome, but otherwise under specked and over priced.
I built a PC for home, albeit a rather nice one for gaming, and for about 4.5k ended up with a more performant machine than Apple could muster for nearer 15k!!!!
@jrss Smartphones are a bit of a different kettle of fish. I fully agree that neither G nor A mobiles are privacy friendly, but certain apps are a must for work and personal banking needs.
But I keep trying to crack that nut and each year get that bit closer. One day… I will have my tech utopia.
@robert I think the point is, to me at least, is that we live in between - and that's what Linux and Foss represent.
No Microsoft with Windows and Office. No Apple with their eco system, or Google with theirs.
Your computer OS is your Linux brand of choice. The hardware is built from parts you choose. The phone, you customize (and yes usually this means android, but that's the only connection to Google).
You mix what you get and build the best thing for you - and it's never just one flavor.
I mean, no, iOS is not good for privacy. But Android with the Google Apps installed is just incredibly horrid for privacy.
So, for non-technical people that can't rip the Google Apps out of Android or handle a GNU/Linux phone, I do recommend iPhones as basically the least bad option for them.
@friend Of course. It was directed to tech-know-how people, like the writer of the blog I was commenting on.
I still recommend iPhones and Macs to non-techies. Not only safer, but also more stable and predictable.
But when you have a techie, who has been a developer for years and knows how to prepare computers, it's where it gets me.
This makes me think though, that I'm lucky to have started with Windows and then Chromebooks before I was introduced to Macs.
I was exposed to the experience of a cheap and capable laptop that could have done everything I wanted. I couldn't afford a Mac when I was going to school (back then it was EEE PC) and I was blown away by what Chromebooks could do for me.
I'm not even sure how and when I started to look into Linux. But the first Chromebook I hacked is still alive and well today.
@friend Not everyone can choose this path, not eveyone has the time.
But those of us who do, can't (I hope) look at a 2000 worth of a laptop that can't pull off what a 200 dollar one can do, and better.
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