Why should I care about a locked bootloader?

Posted Apr 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm in Threads > Opinions

I write this from the perspective of the average smartphone user. One cannot go on a carrier’s or manufacturer’s Facebook or Twitter feed without seeing several random postings demanding that they unlock their bootloader, without any explanation on why they should do this.
I understand why a small minority wants an unlocked bootloader, but why should the average user care. Do their protests just end up hurting the Android brand? Does this reinforce the belief that Android phones are too complex and just for techies; does it ultimately drive some potential Android users to the iPhone because it has the reputation of “it just works”.