Keep your PC bullshit to yourselves.
So, use a Mac?
What if the perfectly approved Apple cable has been chafed and is now shorted to ground? Fail gracefully.
That's what you might think, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say a cable that would fail gracefully when shorted to ground would not pass mains voltage mains to ground (e.g. the phone case). Read the articles before you blame shoddy aftermarket chargers, as the 2nd one involved a genuine Apple charger; but what you're saying is that the cable, connector, and/or device should somehow prevent this.
Hint: fix your broken update system first.
The Nexus line, being vanilla Android without any vendor- or carrier-specific modifications, has a very well-defined update system that works quite well. Google can't update system images that have been modified by 3rd parties (even on a Nexus; if you root or otherwise modify the system, you must flash a fresh factory image to update) lest they break things by replacing modified binaries with new, incompatible ones. This is why Google only directly updates their own devices.
No buying a nexus doesn't fucking count.
So you'd rather blame Google for the actions of Samsung, HTC, LG, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile?
Not everyone wants a shitty spy on me phone.
Which is why they don't buy from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, or HTC, or use any phone sold by AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon (CarrierIQ). That leaves LG on T-Mobile, cheap Korean and Chinese knock-offs that likely have their own spyware and backdoors baked in, and the Nexus line. Oh, and Blackberry, but really?
Or were you trying to insinuate that Nexus phones are covert spy devices? And, if so, what makes you think Google would allow any other Android device to be different if they were in charge of updating them all?
The amount of outright ignorance in your post would be astounding if you weren't AC.
Could have bought a Nexus maybe, but that would be the only equivalent in the Android world.
All the other Android devices are alternatives; you're right, though, they're not equivalent. So, where are all the alternatives in the iPhone world?
I see this argument a lot and, really... REALLY? Of course the Android equivalent to the Apple model of developing the OS and hardware is the only line of phones Google develops. Duh much? If someone doesn't like what Apple or Google are offering on the hardware side, where are they to go? Windows? Hah! Blackberry? Hah! So they end up with one of the hundreds of other Android models available. Where is that selection for iOS?
Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson