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"Given the choice between freedom with risks and apparent safety with such restrictions as imposed by, for instance, apple, I think I prefer the freedom."
Seriously. What freedom? The freedom that Android users always talk about seems pretty illusory to me.
I opted not to get one of the new iPhones, trading in my iPhone instead for an HTC Sensation with Froyo. Different jailer, same jail--the only difference is that the walls around Android's garden are largely invisible.
Yes, it's true there's no single central authority telling developers what apps they can and can't publish. Instead, there are several--the telcos. They're not (necessarily) as strict as Apple, but make no mistake about it--they can and do control what runs on your phone.
And even what you're allowed to do with it. Remember when HTC announced they'd released tools to root their formerly bootlocked phones? There's a caveat...if the telcos permit it. Mine doesn't. There is currently no way for me to root my Sensation, because the telco I'm with forbids it. (There was, briefly, a version of Easy Fre3vo's temporary root that worked with my phone. HTC released a patch that blocked it.)
Look, I like my Android phone. From a hardware perspective, I think my Sensation is actually demonstrably superior in many respects to the iPhone 4s one of my friends just got. But seriously? Android users need to quit drinking the Kool-Aid. Android is designed to put power in the hands of the customer--but the customer is the telco, not you. You can find plenty of Android apps that feature the sorts of jiggling body bits you won't find on an iPhone, but if you seriously believe that nobody controls your phone, you're deluded. If your phone is totally open, it's not because Android is inherently open--it's because your particular handset maker and telco have chosen to allow it to be.
Sorry to be a bizzkill.