I’ve had an Android phone for a while now, and I got an iPad two years ago. I really like the iPad and mostly use it for reading comics, Reddit, handling email and instant messages, watching movies while traveling by plane,  and gaming when I’m traveling. But I discovered earlier this week that all of the apps I use that used to be iOS-only are now available on Android as well, and it has me thinking about switching.

Now I have an even more compelling reason to switch. I’m currently in a hotel in San Jose and my iPad can’t connect to VPN, though my MacBook and Android phone can. After a bit of research, I learned that the app I use for VPN has a wide range of methods for creating a secured connection on most devices, but iOS really restricts its options. Put simply, I can’t use VPN on my iPad at this hotel because of how they authenticate wifi access, but I can use VPN on Android just fine because it has more paths for securing the connection.

This seems ludicrous, but that’s where we’re at. iOS is preventing me from having an encrypted connection at a hotel.

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