I didn't read the story Apple][ linked to, but I can be pretty sure there was truth in it because I personally read pages upon pages of vile religious chatter calling for SJ's death due to the cube design.
I got through 3 of those bastard machines with the same problem. I was furious with Apple. They denied ever encountering the issue and said "As you have broken 3 of them, it's likely something you are doing" Grrrr
You can learn a lot from someone by the phone they use. I also would not employ a person who used Android, and it is a genuine question I ask when interviewing. Like you say, taste, intelligence, rationality and gullibility can all be ascertained from ones choice of phone. It's obviously not my sole method of hiring, but it allows me to weed out the real shitty ones quick. There's no Al-Qaeda where I work that's for sure :)