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Oh God. He’s going to bitch about iPhones and iPeople again…

No, I’m not actually. I’m going to tell you I bought one!  (Press Play ↓↓)

iPhone XR Blue

Remember when I bought a MacBook Pro? Yup.  All those years of picking on everyone about owning an iCrack.  Now, I have one.

There’s a reason for this.  The past 10 years or so I’ve been watching Google become more and more evil.  In short they now make billions of dollars on all the people who use their services so blindly.  Selling their tracked data of us to advertisers.  Everyone is making money off of us except, us.  I’m not getting a check, so I want out.  I honestly don’t care if you don’t mind people watching you.  Making money off of what you do online.

I for one, have experienced many times that my phone had been listening to me.  I did an experiment and randomly said the word diapers during a day at work.  When I got home, I got all sorts of ads for diapers.  I didn’t search for any.  I didn’t buy any.  I just said a word out loud at random.  Between listening, tracking locations and likely using the camera too on us.  Watching our search history.  Watching what we check out online when we use their browser or surf YouTube.

I’m not down with that.  I use a VPN on all my devices for a reason.  Well, several reasons.

Your Android spies on you over 900 times a day when at minimal use.  (even if the wifi is turned off)  More if you are using it all day long.  But don’t just take my word for it.  A nicely done research paper on it has been written and covered by the NY Times.  Summarized by this nice young man (Bryan Lunduke) here:

That’s not my only reason.  I also have become annoyed with other high end phones.  Samsung has their own version of every app already available.  They shove Bixby down your throat when Google Assistant is already there.  If you add Amazon Alexa on there, can the phone talk to itself?  All of which have privacy issues of their own.  Apple isn’t innocent completely, but as far as I know, they don’t sell the data to other parties.  They use it for themselves.

Let’s talk about Bloatware.  Every Android you buy is flooded with apps you’ll never use.  Most of which you can’t remove.  If you’re lucky you can disable them at best.  That still takes up space you paid for and now can’t use.  iPhone does not do this.  You can remove nearly all apps that aren’t tied directly to the OS.  I think Health is the only exception and one that I can’t understand being necessary.  One small app.  I think you can put your health info in it and it acts like an emergency bracelet for paramedics.

All in all I am getting away from Google completely.  I no longer use Chrome browser.  Or Google Maps.  Looking for a good email with privacy and does aliasing properly.

I now use Opera (which is Chromium based, but stripped of the Google nonsense).  I use DuckDuckGo for searching the web.

You get the idea.  I’m not saying I’m going to go blind ga-ga for Apple products like so many people I have bitched about do.  I am saying it’s a smart choice for folks who want much better privacy and security.  If you don’t mind giving your life away to a company that makes billions from it, then to each their own.

I got the iPhone Xr.  It’s very very nice.  It’s fast and smooth.  Everything I had on the Android is available for the iPhone and works perfectly.  I’ve had it a month now (got it as a birthday gift to myself) and it’s been nothing but fantastic.  I’m sure someone will point out it’s not any more innovative than the latest Samsung Galaxy.  You’re right.  That’s not why I switched.  Though even Wired Magazine claims the face recognition is insanely hard to fool.

The gestures are easy to learn.  The camera is pretty damn good.  I like it.  A lot.

And to those who I have given endless shit to about your iPhone.  I’m sorry.  Seriously, I am sorry.