Re: Which smartphone should I consider using if I use Ubuntu?
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Originally Posted by Nickolai_Leschov
My father had an iPhone 3G, which he liked. I'm not an Apple person, so I bought an Android phone shortly afterward (an HTC Desire). When my father was eligible for a new phone, he bought a Motorola Defy running Android 2.1, because he saw that I liked my Android phone. Motorola's customization to Android made it flaky, slow and power-hungry and my father absolutely HATED IT; so I installed Cyanogenmod; it's fairly close to "normal" Android. My father was happy with it and bought a Nexus 7 tablet when they came out. The screen on the Defy started to fail (probably taken a few drops onto the floor) so he bought a Samsung Galaxy S4 which he also loves.
In short, my dad liked the iPhone but once he used a decent Android phone he never looked back.
As for me, I've also kept with Android. Recently bought a Motorola Moto G (their phones are great now that Google owns them). It's a great mobile operating system, and every year it gets better than iOS. I think you'll also be happy with Android, just make sure you get a Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S3/4/5 or a recent Motorola phone and you'll have a good experience.
iPhones have some ridiculous restrictions. You can only Bluetooth to other iPhones, not to non-Apple smartphones. Your carrier needs to explicitly enable tethering support on your phone if you want to tether (usually involves paying an extra monthly fee - whereas on Android it's handled in-phone for free). If you change the APN your phone connects to, you need to restart the phone to use it (what is this, the 1990s?!). You need to use iTunes to transfer music.
To answer your last question, iTunes is indeed horrible. The good news is that there is NO alternative for Android. Your phone is automatically backed up to Google. Software updates are done entirely in the phone. If you want to transfer photos/movies/music/other files to your phone from your computer, you can simply plug in the cable and access the phone's storage just like you would a USB flash drive. Everything iTunes does in relation to iPhones, is done entirely inside the phone on Android.
You might be able to get an iPhone to work with Ubuntu, but you'll lose some functionality. And if a new iOS version comes out, it might break compatibility with the reverse-engineered iPhone support in Ubuntu. By contrast, with Android, you're not missing out on any features if you use Ubuntu on your PC. Everything just works.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.