Quick to judge
Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how quick opinions from all sides fly on every rumour. You haven't seen W8 phone so don't slam it down so hard.
I'm an Android user, currently on a Nexus S that went from Gingerbread, to ICS, and then to JB). It's a great little phone, does what I want and I can count on regular updates without bloatware. It's not the newest, and it's not perfect,...but it suits me perfectly.
I'm a Windows 7 PC user, not a Mac user (my son and his girlfriend both have Apple laptops)
Things that keep me away from Apple
- Same programs I have at work, and wide range of products available
- Games (there....I said it)
- I build my own computers as a hobby and am always tinkering/upgrading. Apple won't let me do that.
- I am free to choose any hardware components I want, at a good price, from a highly competitive market
- iTunes - this alone would keep me away from Apply products. I like the freedom to drag and drop files/media from any computer to my phone with a (very) standard USB cable.
- If I want to transfer files or charge my phone and I don't have my cable I can easily borrow one from almost any other smartphone user out there
I like Apple products. They are well designed, easy to use, and very standardized. They are just not for me.
You can have your opinion, and others can have theirs, and you can both be right. No solution is perfect, you just have to choose the product and the company that works for you. You can prefer the flexibility or Android and deal with late upgrades (if/when they are released), or get walled in by Apple's "Do it our way" but have a more standardized product. You can support a company like Samsung who copies another company's designs and denies it, or Apple who is out to use silly patents to crush competition and stifle innovation.
I love and hate aspects of each. I don't know what will happen when MS/Nokia release the new phones, but at this point a third choice looks like a pretty good option. I may not go that way, but I will certainly have a look.