Thanks for your responses guys. : D
Judging from what you say, and from other forums, it seems that negativity surrounding WindowsPhone is based mainly on
- People's personal frustration with past MS products, from DOS onwards.
- People's opinion of MS's business practices, a distrust of sorts,
- A fear, justified by past events such WinPho 7 handsets not upgradable to later versions a la iOS or Android (you mileage may vary), that MS may abandon your investment in a handset and ecosystem, or force some unwanted change or 'update' on you. People might not mind too much, except they don't trust MS not to bugger it up (Ribbon Interface, Metro on a laptop)
-Availability of apps... though many people don't need too many apps.
-Integration with certain online services... though not everyone uses Gmail or whatever.
-No microSD card expansion... though not all Android handsets offer this facility.
It would seem that there might be some people out there who won't really be affected by any of the above points.
+ The 'Children's Zone' seems like a good idea given how people use their phones to entertain children on long car journeys... though Android now offers multiple limited user accounts which might perform the same function.