Why I won’t use Kindle or iPhone

Never, ever, buy a hardware device that is subject to post-purchase control by a corporation:

In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them. An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a company that did not have rights to them, using a self-service function. “When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers’ devices, and refunded customers,” he said.

Since the Nokia N-97 has gotten some poor reviews due to its slow processor, I decided to have a look at the iPhone 3GS. It would theoretically make for a good PDF reader, but after seeing that there’s still no way to put data on the thing without going through the Internet, I completely lost interest what little interest I had in it. It would be nice if the smartphone manufacturers would focus on producing quality products rather than insidious new means of attempting to hold their customers hostage.

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