I get it but are you saying Particle can't have this HTTPS/TLS feature without removing other features due to flash and RAM limitations?
What ideally some want need is Particle + HTTPS/TLS.
I may be wrong, but if I remember correctly others have tried using the Glowfish library to do secure messaging with Amazon, but they couldn't get it running properly, or they would be using it.
I would think having the "Non - Paying / AKA the people who just purchased the Photon/Electron kits" customers who are constantly using webhooks to push out to a cloud database would benefit from us sending data out directly to Amazon AWS or Azure vs. using Particles resources to send a few thousand webhooks per day per device.
Then again maybe it's not a big deal or cost for Particle. I have zero clue what sending 90,000 webhooks per month per device cost Particle monthly. 90k webhooks x 100 devices get's up to 9 million web hooks per month.
One thing I have realized is that IOT is certainly not free, and cost can add up quickly.
Again, I love Particle, and it's community. The other options do not provide all that Particle does are not viable alternative options because they lack the cloud functionality that Particle provides.