Android vs. iOS - a clear winner emerges
I'm a big fan of mobile computing, and have been for as long as I can remember - ever since I first got my grubby little fingers on the Epson PX-8 back in the mid-80's, I've been hooked.
So I'm a big fan of mobile OSes, particularly iOS and Android. Until recently I would have had a hard time choosing which OS I would want if I had to pick one.
But recently that has changed for me. Surprisingly, I'd have no trouble picking now, and it would be iOS all the way.
What could change my mind? It's an easy question to answer: Ads.
Mobile advertising is becoming so offensive that blocking it is becoming imperative in order to be able to scroll pages and tap controls without accidentally hitting an advert and being redirected to a site or application that I wasn't intending to use.
So it's becoming important to me that the vendor of my browser is on-board with blocking offensive content, something that Safari on iPhone has recently gone to extreme lengths to provide support for.
Google, on the other hand is actively working to prevent users from controlling their mobile web experience on Android. Ad blocking applications are banned outright in the Google Play store.
As the web's largest ad vendor, Google's interests are in direct opposition to mine. Google have a vested interest in packing every page with as much advertising as users can stomach and in accepting any kind of advertisement no matter how intrusive - that's how they make their money.
So, on one hand we have Apple - supporting the consumer and choice, and on the other is Google - supporting big business, forced consumption and censorship.
I've long felt Apple were the ones most likely to censor and take away choice from their users, but Apple aren't the ones trying to force me to endure page after page rendered nearly unusable by offensive irrelevant advertisements.