Re: Re "Idiot tax"
"It's perfectly possible to be careful about privacy on Android" - with geolocation on all the time? With wi-fi profiling on all the time? You see, the main problem is not Android itself, it's the collation of all the slurped data with your browsing profile (you don't need to have a Google account to be followed all around the Internet when you browse, but you have to have one with your Android and it takes a whole lot of active measures to prevent that being combined with data gathered from your desktop browsing). No Google competitor is getting even near that level of coverage.
"What iphone user doesn't use Google maps or search" - you'd be surprised. If you need an example, I don't (to be precise, I use my old beaten smartphone only when there is no possibility not to use it). The main thing is having a choice. The problem with Google, compared to others, is that it's everywhere - 50 to 80 per cent of websites you visit "report" you to Google (sorry for the oversimplified language here - I believe if I used correct terms, I wouldn't need to explain at all. Once you understand how web pages are built together and look at your own traffic, its self explanatory), which is a position no other company has (Facebook tries hard, but they are at about 5 percent, depending on your browsing profile).
And to your assertion that "Similary it's possible to be "owned" by Google [...] via Apple." - well, it is hardly similar possibility, you'd need to try hard and give it considerable effort to achieve the same level of coverage. Passively, simply not (photos, wi-fi data and geolocation, main sources of personal data, are per default much better guarded, and can be easily set up to be very highly secure against google access).