I am looking for a smartphone, without Google, Apple, or Microsoft.
December 26, 2013 9:00 AM Subscribe
I am looking for a smartphone, but do not want to be special friends with Google, Apple, or Microsoft.
posted by adipocere to Technology (28 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
In my limited experience with the Android variants, much of what you want to look at immediately prompts you to make a Google account. Want to look at a YouTube video? Google account, please. Apple devices require an Apple ID. My guess is that Microsoft-based phones require a Windows Live ID.
I want a phone which does not require this sort of thing. I only want to pay my carrier and not develop a deep, meaningful, but somewhat one-sided relationship with an additional MegaCorp, Inc.
My needs are modest. I make few phone calls and send less than one hundred text messages per month on my dumb candybar phone. I would like to occasionally look up online maps and check movie showtimes; just basic web browsing, nothing fancy. Check my webmail or something. I am thus far not interested in apps.
I tried out a Nexus tablet and hated it. I could not type well on it. I could not figure out how to close the applications I opened (I would later find out that this is not the "done thing"). I could not find a help function or manual to show me how to close those applications. Essentially, I was confronted with a radically different iconography and workflow without a way to learn about it that didn't require me to go sign up for a Google account and reached maximum disgust in about an hour of fiddling with it. I did not want to learn more about it because I felt like a golden retriever strapped to the steering wheel of a bus going over a cliff, frantically licking the windshield in hopes of accomplishing something but only leaving smears on the glass.
Bonus points for:
* Slider keyboard
* Not having a camera
* Coming with either a dead tree manual or an easily accessible manual on the device itself without having to go to the Internet to read it
In the interests of not getting derailed into why I want what I want, I would like to head off the obvious objections:
1) This is silly, stop caring about this: I still care about this anyway.
2) They don't care about you: What is not logged cannot be hoarked up by the NSA tapping pipes or requested by overly broad inquiries.
3) Just make a fake account: There's reason to believe that is effective for five or ten minutes before you check your email.