What really facinates me here is this absolute *need* that people have to force a contest where one isn't needed. It's taken me a while, but I've finally come to understand the iPhone buyer and what makes them tick (or atleast, hand over their cash). And it's all thank to AC up there.
You seem to be a descerning buyer, someone who actually considers what they purchase, identifies their actual need and wishes, and they acts upon them. But it such a shame that are a simply too lazy to take that any further....
... and I think that's the secret of the iPhone. Infact, I'd go so far as to suggest that it's Apple overall strategy. Corral the lazy people and feed them. Easy, captive audience... who just keep coming back because Apple have convinced them that there be dragons out there in the rest of the handset market.
Oddly, I don't really have a problem with that... except when people start saying that Apple are the 'leaders', and worshiping them as some sort of diety. Much like the Microsoft of old. The problem with this thinking is that the truth is the complete opposite. Companies like HTC, SE etc are the real innovators, pushing the boundaries and moving out of safe waters to find new solutions.
Android has come along and filled a gap in the market, showing that what iOS can do, anyone can do, whilst still enabling competition of the 'good kind' to force manufactures to better their game and step up.... not sit on their laurels (remind me how the iPhone 4 is different from the iPhone 3....really?).
Ultimately, there is a fundamental difference in the thinking of an Android buyer than that of an iPhone buyer. Wether a good thing or bad, it's a pointless competition as never the twain shall meet.