Trump still uses his old un-secured Android phone despite objections from aides

Trump still uses his old un-secured Android phone despite objections from aides
If there is one thing that we've learned about President Donald J. Trump over the course of a long presidential campaign, the election, and his first few days in office, it is that this is a man who will do whatever he wants, when he wants. So it comes as no surprise that today's New York Times notes that over the objections of his aides, Trump continues to use his personal Samsung Galaxy Android powered handset. He is supposed to be using the same smartphone employed by Barack Obama during his second term in office, a Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Galaxy S4 that Trump is supposed to be using is modified for security reasons. It does not accept incoming calls, allow the user to text or even take pictures. The handset does not work with regular Android apps but can connect to SIPRNet, the US Military's classified network. We can't blame the president for wanting to use a full-featured smartphone instead of being handicapped by the modifications made on the secure Galaxy S4. The same feelings came over Barack Obama, who said at a small fundraiser back in 2013 that he wanted a cooler smartphone for the White House. Microsoft tweeted the president to tell him that if he wanted a cool phone, a Windows Phone 7 model could be sent to him.

By ignoring protocol and sticking to his personal Android handset, Trump can continue to fire off the tweets that have become so newsworthy. And there still appears to be two different people with access to Trump's Twitter feed. As we pointed out during the campaign, the tweets that obviously are sent from Trump himself come from the Twitter for Android app. Other tweets that are milder and conciliatory in tone are generally from a Twitter for iPhone app. That would suggest that a trusted aide inside Trump's camp (Kellyanne Conway?) is charged with keeping things on an even keel.


source: NYTimes via Engadget

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70 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Does he use an Android device because of the whole Apple not unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone? I figured someone of his class would see iPhones as a status symbol and for sure have one.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Samsung galaxy phones are also status symbols TBH.

9. Lsuisme

Posts: 4; Member since: May 08, 2016

Sorry but most people wouldn't think my galaxy j3 is a status symbol

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I was obviously referring to the flagship galaxy devices lol.

22. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

galaxy s4 is a status symbol lol

33. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not anymore but it was when I had one, not the reason I had one though lol.

66. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

My Note7 is for sure a status symbol. It's sure to be a real head-turner every time you whip it out to make calls. Especially within the airport.

18. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

What are you talking about? Literally nobody in history has bought a Galaxy flagship because they think it makes them look better/wealthier than everyone else.

32. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They are though, are you saying that S7 edge isn't just as much a status symbol as the iPhone 7 plus? Sure it might not cost as much right now but the 32gb version was as much as $800 at launch.

35. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Go visit Asia, owning a flagship Samsung galaxy is a status symbol on par with iPhones.

60. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lol no. People will see you and say 'oh another Samsung'.

52. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but iPhones only make poor people think they're rich. Actual rich people don't buy iPhones to look rich. They buy phones they like, because they already know they're rich and don't think a cheap phone like the iPhone defines their wealth because their 200k+ car or 10k watch overshadows a pathetic $700 phone.

67. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

What a laugh. I just barely can stand my S6 lagdroid.

14. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Status symbol? Are we in fuxking 2007 now?! LMFAO

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

"I figured someone of his class would see iPhones as a status symbol and for sure have one." Trump is smarter than that.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"Trump is smarter than that." You could be pointing at a piece of celery and it still wouldn't be true.

25. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

A steaming pile of dog crap is smarter than Trump.

53. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No you're not.

28. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

"Status symbol" by having an Iphone but is stuck with a 2 year contract for a plan that you pay late cause you don't get those checks every week and by the time one arrives it doesn't suffice to pay all your bills LOL Typical Iphone owner

45. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

he has both lol

63. GeekOFW

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

I find it annoying that people use iPhones and Galaxies as a status symbol. These phones are available everywhere and anyone can buy these things if they wanted to without probably sacrificing much. If it was a Vertu phone then I would understand. Sometimes, people are just becoming too much of a social climber. And Trump is a billionaire. I can't imagine a $700-$1200 phone can be a status symbol to a guy like him.

69. w1000i

Posts: 247; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Android is open source and can be heavily optimized

70. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

A billionaire like him wouldn't think a $1000 product as a status symbol. It's the normal average people who take it as status symbol.

72. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

why should he when that orange animal on his head protects him from any hacker attacks

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wonder if he can use the DTEK60. Would probably be the only good blackberry phone available.

3. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Bringing jobs back to USA and himself using non US made Android Samsung Galaxy phone. What a hypocrite!

4. fyah_king unregistered

So, what phones are made in America? Please, let me know so i can buy one.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

None that I know of.

8. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I think the BLU i made in FL. and google Pixel i would think is american. But that's about it. lol

13. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Blu is rebrand of Chinese phones and Pixel is built by Taiwanese HTC

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