We're talking about disabling application packages. Not even rooting or unlocking it. There's literally no danger. Worst case, you might have to plug it back in and re-enable something or download an alternative equivalent.
Here, I'll make it easier:
Never actually tried it myself, but it makes a nice GUI with boxes you can un-check.
Is it really too much to ask to dig up the Android SDK and the relevant drivers for USB connection in your OS of choice? Do we complain about needing to get Python or
Hours? I'm talking about minutes here. Not even very many of them.
The practice *I* want to continue is the ability to purchase phones that have removable batteries and card readers that I can repair with no tools other than a screwdriver. The only contemporary phones that still have those features are made by LG. I'm willing to accept five minutes of inconvenience in plugging in my phone and typing a few commands to kill a few apps I object to so that I can continue to get proper hardware, rather than accept a lame device with hardware that I'll NEVER be able to modify.
If you know how to use adb, you can disable all the stuff you want on your Android device. Literally everything is modular, so if you like the dialer on your Asus phone better than the one Samsung gave you, go ahead and switch.
There's no reason to do anything but buy the right fit of hardware. Everything about the software load is adjustable even if you don't feel like dealing with root access.
Even the Pixel has what I'd call annoying bloat, but since it only takes about five minutes to clean all of it up on a device I'll probably use for a few years, this isn't much of an inconvenience.
Among US Cell carriers, Sprint and some of its associated MVNOs are still offering fully unlimited data plans. It's definitely possible to get Unlimited LTE service in the USA, just not from Verizon, ATT or Tmobile.
Of course, then you're going to be on Sprint's weirdo CDMA network, but if you're in a a reasonably urban area, it's probably fine.
I know several people who have gone through any number of calisthenics to maintain their "unlimited" data plans on Verizon's network. This generally involves sticking with an updated phone or paying retail to buy a phone outright. Verizon really does have the largest network with the best overall coverage within the United States and there are plenty of places that there really isn't a better option.
For example, Verizon LTE service is often a better and more attractive internet option than marginally-available DSL or laggy, data-capped satellite internet for rural homeowners.
Granted, I'm not using 200GB/month through my phone either, but I certainly do recognize that this is a real problem for a lot of people, especially who aren't necessarily close to any other sort of fat data pipe.
I've not experienced this issue. At the same time, LG is also the only company making a phone with hardware that works the way all smartphone hardware should. I don't believe the matter is "never buy LG" but "don't buy any smartphone that doesn't at least have a removable battery and an SD card reader" and that doesn't leave us with very many options, does it?
As long as they don't abandon the construction techniques or baseline selling points of the existing G3/4/5, I don't care about modularity, although if I was in the right place in my phone lifecycle to get a G5, I definitely would have.
LG is the only company making a flagship phone with a removable battery and a card reader. Being able to swap a battery after shooting a lot of photos or video is infinitely better than being tethered to an external battery, and moving cards around has obvious benefits as well.
But the G3/4/5 are also held together with actual screws. You don't have to delaminate any glass. You don't need suction cups or special pry tools to fix one. I can completely field strip one to its components in about 90 seconds. This is a huge selling point, especially after some of the bullshit I've had to do to work on newer Apple and Samsung phones.
As long as the G6 keeps those aspects, it's all good.
Stupid gamers do.
One of my customers, someone who is in no way a techie but runs a reasonably successful business, uses a 4kg. 17" Alienware laptop. His previous Alienware had its GPU die four times in two years and I suspect this one won't be any better, but since he sits in his office and plays some MMO or other at least four hours out of every work day and he makes enough to keep buying new ones, it's not like I can stop him from doing that.
I will say that an nVidia Shield tablet with bluetooth input devices can do pretty well for internet-based game streaming, and it's a shit-ton cheaper than a born-to-die gaming laptop.
All true, but the real question is also if they are losing the "Decision Makers".
These are probably not either the "highest revenue-generating customers" OR the "most profitable customers", but are the ones that influence others in their purchasing decisions.
Personally, I buy computers infrequently. My home computer is ~4-5 years old, my phone is 3 years old. I am not the "Ooo shiny! Must have!" buyer who is going to make Apple money every year with a new phone purchase. However I also have been responsible for collectively having 5 people get iPhones, and 4 MacOS purchases based primarily on my recommendation. Will I still be recommending Apple products? Probably, but it will be much more qualified. Windows 10 is pretty good also for most users, and Apple's treatment of hardware is pretty abysmal from my perspective making it harder to recommend them.
End result, I may only be two sales, but if I don't see them as serving my needs, they may lose 11 sales total (mostly from people who fit their bell curve) because the decision maker is now outside the curve.
On the scale of Decision Makers, I'm peanuts compared to real Influence Peddlers such as reviewers, or other vocal critics that Apple is now hearing from. I would also disagree with TFA. While I agree Apple isn't a car with its engine on fire, I disagree that it is merely an engine that needs some tuning. It is an engine with the timing belt failing. It needs to be properly replaced/fixed soon, or the whole engine is likely to come to a crashing halt when you least expect it and in a way that will be very difficult to repair after the fact.
*nix is the path to the Dark Side.
Linux leads to Apple. Apple leads to MicroSoft. MicroSoft leads to the Suffering. --The Penguin
I jest, Windows 10 has been remarkably stable and good on the 5 year old work computer I;m using
My iPhone is about 3 years old
Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.