Most phones users forget it is no longer a phone. In fact, I would wager that our collective usage of what is now just another application, is used much less than TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
If we are using phone applications less than other application, it means what we call a phone has not been a phone in over a decade. Which means we ought to frame it as thee most personal computer, and act as if it is such.
There are two major players in this personal computer brand space, Android and iPhone. They both have operating systems(os) that monitor us. Imagine every phone you ever talked on being bugged. All of your application usage is recorded. When it is not being sold it is being limited by application stores that gate keep what programs you can use.
One major flaw in our framing of extremely personal computers with overstepping os’s(see what I did there?) is it only considers communication channels. A phone was(do people still have landlines?) only a communication device(although I have seen a couple people being beaten and tied with phones…eh, another day). An internet system is only a series of connected computers for communication. However, a computer is much more than both.
An android or iphone(smart phone) is more than a phone. It is not a phone with a television screen like in George Jetson’s living room. It is a computer. Computers can be programmed to play video. They can be programmed to stream video. Thus, you can watch a video on these devices. But a phone is just one application. And entertainment is just one application. No one should spend hundreds of dollars on a computer that only has a phone and video application, though.
One major concern here is that both iPhone and android treat YOUR phone like it is THEIR phone via cloud services….excuse me, “services”
How a linux user thinks is of course different across use cases, but there is a common theme of refining operating system experience down to its most granular(and often overlooked by most users) level. Linux users often think ‘control’ above ‘convenience’ until that control becomes convenient.