Originally Posted by Wurm5150
The iPhone 4 won't last a minute in combat. It's too delicate..
Nonsense. The iPhone is a very robust phone. Sure, a small percentage break, but when you hit something with a hammer, that's bound to happen. Heck, I fell into the pool with my iPhone. After it dried out, it worked fine.
Originally Posted by Wurm5150
Or the Army is afraid that terrorists might their hands on a soldier's iPhone, get access to consolidated.db and track an Army unit's every movement..
FAR more likely to happen with Android than with iOS.
Originally Posted by Wiggin
So many ignorant and stupid, yes stupid, people posting here. If it was your son or daughter going into combat, the last thing you'd want is for them to have a device because it's "slick", which is what Apple is all about these days. There will never be ruggedized iPhone hardware. Apple would never allow someone else to modify iOS to handle the security and sensitive information this devices will be expected to carry. Regardless of cost, Apple would in no way be responsive to the needs of the military for such a device and how it would need to be managed and controlled. Sure, use a Mac if you are sitting comfy in an office in the Pentagon or cruising around the oceans on an aircraft carrier. But you don't want Apple hardware on the battlefield.
I don't care what your opinions are about how the US uses it's military, but at least have a little respect for the men and women who are put in harm's way by our idiot politicians. No way in hell would I want my kid going into combat with an iPhone.
I have enough respect for the military to want them to have the best tools available with the highest level of security. When it comes to how easy it is to hack a phone and get your malware installed, Android is the WORST possible solution.
Very few people advocate the phone because it's 'slick'. That's just a stupid straw man argument that the Apple-bashers come up with. Most people buy the iPhone because it's reliable, lightweight, easy to use, and flexible - all of which are useful in military environments. The fact that it's 'slick' is just a nice bonus.
I really wish people who have never even touched an iPhone would stop making stupid comments about things they don't understand.
Originally Posted by TBell
Maybe, but if I recall it was Google that got hacked by the Chinese and lost a lot of user information to the Chinese. You know stuff like Gmail accounts. Shortly thereafter, many folks, my stepfather included had his gmail account hacked and he was locked out of it by the hacker. Still hasn't gained access, while friends receive email in his name.
Don't really hear about that happening to Apple.
Clearly, Google has an enormous problem with security. But even worse than that is their penchant for selling every bit of data they can get their greedy little hands on. Wait until you see an app in the Android Store called "Find your Soldier" which allows you to track your soldier anywhere in the world.
Originally Posted by Robin Huber
I got nothing to back it up, but I doubt cozying up to any current administration is going to automatically dictate Pentagon equipment-buying decisions. There are many layers in between, and decisions like this can take the coming and going of more than one administration before they are made.
You obviously have no experience in how major decisions like this are made. The government is no different than business in this respect - they are more likely to make major purchases from someone that they have a relationship with. If two companies offer equivalent solutions and one is brand new to the buyer while the other one has known the buyer for years, the one the buyer knows will win an overwhelming percentage of the time. Relationships matter.