Originally Posted by AaronJ
EDIT: Ugh. The Quote thing got all messed up there. But I think you can follow, hopefully. :)
Yeah the editor on this site is buggy as hell. It looks like it's a redesigned WYSIWYG HTML editor. What a mess.
I'll just quote each individual reply bit.
Well, I think it's a consideration, but not a major one.
You're lucky to be so affluent that it is not a major one for you. For family members of mine they would not be as happy about it.
Yeah, but there's a big difference between a desktop OS and a mobile OS. It's something that Apple seems to grasp quite nicely. And honestly, how many "regular" people at the coffee shop even know what it means to "root" a phone, let alone how to do it? You shouldn't HAVE TO do that in the first place.
I definitely wasn't arguing you have to. I'm saying that the difference between Debian/Android isn't as wide as you think. It's missing an X server but it has SurfaceFlinger, and modern Linux desktops should be able to render just fine to this. You'll likely be able to run entire Linux WMs on Android in the next year or two.
Well, as to scratching, all I can say is that every time I've sent my iPhone into Gazelle, claiming "perfect, like new" condition, they have agreed. Maybe I just take better care of my devices, I don't know. But I'd sure as heck like metal as opposed to plastic.
Here's how I see it. I have an old iPod touch here and its back is a complete mess of scratches across chrome. I also have an old Desire. It has about the same number of scratches but looks better, and for about £10 I can buy an entire replacement outer chassis and make it appear brand new. I'm totally fine with plastic as long as the phone is solid.
See, stuff like NFC, for example, is useless to me because I don't go anywhere that actually uses it. Or, at least, I haven't noticed it. And handing over a $5 bill or my Visa for a latte doesn't seem that difficult to me. Wireless charging has never made sense to me.
I actually don't use NFC for wireless payments, but it functions as a second authentication factor, allows me to trivially share with friends etc. It's just a nice feature, like AirDrop but without having to have Apple sat in the middle of our interactions. Wireless charging is just a nice feature in general, put my phone down on a dock, magnets stick it to it, pull it out when done. Same for use in the car. In fact because the dock has an NFC chip built in, my phone can auto sense when it is in the dock and switch to the appropriate settings (read SMSs out loud etc)
You'd be surprised how cool some of this stuff is. Not having to reconfigure my phone and mess about with cables every time I move between places is quite pleasant.
I look forward to the future of iPhones, but god I wish Apple would move back towards interoperability to some extent. Facetime was supposed to be a standard, all EU phones are supposed to be micro usb etc. It's just frustrating having Apple sit on the sidelines trying to stop their users from being part of the same economy as the rest of the smartphone world.