Out of sheer curiosity, what kind of OS do you guys run on your phones? If you have followed this blog for a while, you know I’m a big fan of the iPhone and that most of the time I run the latest, greatest and non-jailbroken version of the iOS. Why? I find it amusing that online I always have to justify this decision, whereas when dealing with techno-muggles in the real world no one ever questions it. To tell you the truth, the biggest reason why I haven’t cut the chain on this device is because it works well enough, and I’m just lazy. Secondly, my phone is a vital device. Unlike a spare laptop with which I can tinker and experiment and repeatedly break it, I have only one phone. If I brick it I will have to promptly figure out how to fix it, replace my exco-contex functionality with an older/subpar device or become lost and confused like the protagonist in Accelerando by Charles Stross.
Why iOS? Because it is simple, sleek and rock solid. I like the idea of Android, but when I was shopping for a new phone to replace my aging Blackberry I’ve played with both, and iOS just seemed a better fit. It just spoke to me more, and it felt better in my hands. Usability and aesthetics won over the openness and I don’t regret it.
What kind of OS do you run on your phone and why? Do you root or jailbreak your device and why? Or conversely, why not? Are you currently locked into a contract? If so, what OS will you be changing to once you are able to?
Feel free to add other less popular operating systems to the poll. I just couldn’t think of any other ones that would be worth mentioning. I’d especially like to hear from people running unpopular or obscure OS choices. Or those three of you who still insist on using flip phones. Have you guys tried joining us on the dark side and just didn’t like it, or are you just settled in your ways?
Let me know in the comments.