Re: @Eadon - openness selling Android
> If I was looking to get something simple for my parents to use I would go for the iPad
That's a common fallacy: that it has to be crippled to be easy. The opposite is actually true.
Developers need to be completely free to innovate on the platform. THIS is what leads to a more usable product. A more open environment is what allows the same platform to address different use cases all at the same time. It prevents a system from being "for rubes only". The tyrant is not perfect. They have missed something. They may not be agile enough to adapt quickly.
It's like communism/fascism versus capitalism. Central management will always be less effectve. The thing that gets rejected in committe might end up being your killer app.
Assuming that "rubes need an Apple device" may end up actually being a disaster.