The great argument I've heard for Android is how it is "open". It is an open system, unlike the iPhone or Windows Mobile which are closed. That openness has led to some interesting revelations, the latest of which is this number:

To summarize, security researcher, Trevor Eckhart, found some hidden software in Android made by Carrier IQ. It logs phone numbers, text messages, searches, and every url you visit, even SSL. Now, I think this should be looked at as a feature rather than a privacy risk. Android is all about being "open", so why isn't your personal information open as well. There is no such thing as a free lunch, so there is no such thing as a free operating system. You are paying for it with your personal information.

Anyone who is surprised by this must not understand Google's business model. Everything they do is based around selling ads and customer's personal information. They don't have a single product that doesn't do that. With that in mind, can you really be surprised?


As an addendum. My first recommendation is of course to buy an iPhone, because it's a fantastic device, but if you refuse for whatever reason, the new Windows 7 Phones are fantastic as well. They don't have all the apps that the iPhone does, but given that Microsoft has the cash to pay people to make apps for them, I don't think that will be the case for long.
AuthorMichael Cantrell