Friday Poll: What's your stance in the Flash fight?

This week, Steve Jobs outlined Apple's specific points of contention over using Flash in mobile devices. To what extent do you agree with his points? Vote in our poll.

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Flash points
Where do you stand in the debate over Flash in Apple mobile devices?

I'm with Steve; Flash is old technology, bring on the new!
I'm with Adobe; Apple is just picking a fight
Not sure; I'd have to see more of what Flash can do on a mobile device
I don't care; there's no Flash on my Razr
We should be more concerned with Apple's police raids



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Steve Jobs onstage
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As you've probably heard by now, Steve Jobs this week posted an open letter on Apple's Web site outlining the company's reasons for not adopting Flash on i-products like the iPad and the iPhone.

Jobs outlined six points of contention Apple has with Adobe over Flash. They are, in order: that Flash isn't an open platform; that it's not needed because H.264 works fine for streaming video; that it kills a mobile device's battery in short order; that the Flash interface was designed for mousing, not touching; and that with HTML5 and the App Store, it's redundant.

We could go over these arguments point by point and support one side or the other, but we'd like to know what you, the readers, think. Do you agree with Steve that Flash is a liability on mobile devices or is Apple full of it? Or maybe you fall somewhere in between. Vote in our poll, and add your comments in TalkBack below.

Correction, Friday at 3 p.m. PDT: The original text misidentified a Web standard. It's HTML5.

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