With its meteoric rise as (perhaps) the most widely used device ever discovered by humans, the modern smartphone has become an indispensable part of our lives. While its contribution to humanity can never be underestimated, there are some harmful, uncomfortable aspects of the cellphone that have crept into your head lately.
In NextPit’s weekly survey today, we want to know from you, our reader, why you bought the phone you bought. Did you buy it out of sheer trust in the brand? If so, which brands do you trust most? How trustworthy are Chinese smartphones?
More importantly, do brands still play a role? The point is this; Even if you own a “trusted” brand of smartphone, everyone can see your data when you install an app, surf the web, buy something online, or even play something harmless as a game. This is regardless of whether the phone manufacturer is tracking your data themselves. This was made clear by Fabi in his most recent article, which is a must-have.
Additionally, we want you to provide an overview of how you view this entire privacy debate that seems to be the buzzword these days.
Let’s get to the questions without further delay.
Which smartphone brand do you trust?
It’s always great to have a choice. From 2021 you will have the luxury of choosing between several smartphone brands. Some have been in the industry for decades while others are relatively new players who have managed to make a name for themselves in no time.
But which of these brands do you trust the most? (Goodbye LG!)
The reason for your trust may not just be privacy-oriented. You might like the customer service or the dedication and adherence to regular software updates.
Let us know!
Are you careful about buying Chinese smartphones?
There is no denying that Chinese phones are invading the smartphone world right now. While smartphone brands from China have had dubious results when it comes to privacy, most Tier 1 manufacturers, including Oppo, Xiaomi, and even Huawei, have claimed that they take their users’ data and privacy very seriously.
But have all PR efforts paid off? Are Chinese brands still seen as “less trustworthy” than their European / Japanese / Taiwanese / American competitors?
Vote and let us know!
Data protection: is it only your responsibility?
Given Apple’s efforts to get the word out about its end users, people like you and me are becoming aware of the type of data ad tech companies and data brokers have access to. Do you think the future will change the way that this massive $ 227 billion is made? Industry being held in check?
Or is the responsibility entirely with us, the end user? After all, we share our data however we want – even though we may have been too busy reading the fine print on the terms and conditions page as we scroll through the setup screen.
We know that data protection is a broad topic that has many aspects and dimensions. Given that even governments have been accused of sniffing their own citizens on “security concerns”, this is a debate that is likely to continue for decades to come.
Don’t forget to check the results of this survey again on Monday. In the meantime, let us know what you think on this matter in the comments section below!