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Essentially the iPhone is safe from the Droid because most iPhone users are liberals. They are people who WANT a Mommy and Daddy watching over them. iPhone developers must navigate a Byzantine approval process that is so bad, that some even stoop to using Microsoft's .NET to get things done. Apple tests and approves every application offered on the iPhone to make sure they all play nice together. This of course ensures the phone will deliver the beautiful and slick user experience Apple has decided its users will have. The iPhone is a good example of the "one-size-fits all" top-down mentality of liberals. If you want a different experience from what your masters thinks you SHOULD have and SHOULD want, you are just SOL. The lowercase "i" in iPhone doesn't occur by accident. The individual just isn't as important, and the "Phone" takes precedence. Many iPhone and Mac users come near to worshipping Apple and their products, going so far as to genuflect when they turn on a Apple device, ensure they face San Jose 3 times a day to give thanks for their iLife and to pray for the saving of the pagans who do not yet have one.
In contrast, Verizon's Droid in Particular, and the Android OS in general are created for a different set of users who are interested in an I-Phone rather than a iPhone. They are interested in a "MY LIFE", rather than an iLife. Open Development is a form of freedom that comes with its own attendant problems: some applications might conflict, the interface will be bit rough around the edges, and you have to look out for and solve these difficulties yourself. I-Phone users will sit down and write applications that fit them, break the new ground they want to explore , and they don't need nor want a Master approving what they can and can't do.
The Droid I-Phone is not an iPhone killer because those who own an iPhone are NOT INTERESTED in the FREEDOM provided by an open development device. Likewise, those same people are NOT INTERESTED in the freedom provided by our Constitution and our Founding Principles. They religiously worship the iPhone and feel justified in trying to force everyone to have an iLife. Liberals wish to control your Life Experience to meet THIER tastes and ideas of what people <SHOULD> want- be it in the type of insurance you buy, the food you eat, what fuels you will use, what you may wear, what you may say, and what opinions you may hold. They seek that safe, integrated experience where we all play nice with each other, look good together, and each person's life is approved and sanctioned by a central authority.
In a perfect world, we would all be able to choose if we want an iLife or a My-Life, and the people who are not happy with the I-Country the Founders created would move to an iCountry in Europe or elsewhere. But they won't. iPhone users are engaged in a Holy Crusade to create an iWorld and in that world there is no room for a capital I.
UPDATE: Given the few comments, I think must warn my readers that this a tongue in cheek satire of a few reviewers (follow the links) who claim the "pagan" Droid can't complete with the "monotheisitc" iPhone because of its open-developement heritage. The criticism is directed at those who WORSHIP their iPhones and seek an iLife and the tenuous (and hopefully humorous) relationship between Apple's business practices and a prevalent political belief system. It is not a serious attempt to disparage the iPhone, the way Apple does business or those who just think iPhones are really neat, well executed devices ( because they ARE really neat, well executed devices)
UPDATE 2: Apparently NOT so tenuous after all. I guess Apple knows thier users and target market well.
iPhone is like a great big happy kindergarten where everyone has to get along ( except for those nasty Christians
- who should of course be persecuted. ) Its probably only a matterof time before Apple bans Constitution releated Apps