yeah, the whole 'no bluetooth file transfer' thing is a bit of a pain, but if you are dealing with other people with iPhones (which is obviously what Apple would prefer), there is AirDrop, which is basically the same thing. And when that isn't an option, email seems to work well for me.
Ringtones? My phone (and in fact many that belong to people I know, iphones or not) spends most of it's life on silent, as the noises these things make are anti social and annoying, I do have a few on their that I have cut together from songs though (for when I am feeling anti-social) I've never really had much of a problem with the settings / menus, (and its even easier now there is a search, but each to their own), those shitty keyboard clicks were turned off within seconds on my old phone, and the setting got carried across to my new one.
Taking photos off the phone is easy, plug it in and it acts like a digital camera. Putting files on? dropbox.
"No clever extra buttons for .com/.co.uk when typing web addresses, no added @ when an email box comes up." No idea what your talking about here, I have had this function (contextual keyboard) on mine since, whenever it was I brought my first iPhone, very useful.
All I'm saying is, there are always (at least) 2 sides to each story / argument, whatever. I have been a happy owner of iPhones for several years.
Yeah, the windows iTunes software can be a bit shit, but it makes updates and backups easy.
iOS is consistent which is nice, I don't want to have to re-learn how to use my phone when (if) it gets an update. We use Android devices at work, all the phones (and tablets), even from the same manufacturer seem to be completely different, menus all over the place, and then just as your getting used to the peculiarities of one specific device, it gets an OS update and everything changes.
I'm not massively invested in the walled garden, (and yes, that does annoy me a bit as well, but no more (or less) than living in Googles 'open' utopia where there are CCTV cameras on every street corner (not being literal there, just in case you thought I might have been)) but in order for me to consider switching to someone else, several things would need to happen. Apple would need to massively drop the ball on the hardware, I get that they haven't done anything 'amazing' in the last few years, but they also haven't screwed it up (the bending thing was a bit crap, but I didn't have one of those, and the people I know who had a 6, it didn't bend), they would also have to give me a solid reason to think, 'no, fuck apple, I'm done'. To complete this, one of their competitors would have to give me an equally solid reason to think 'yes, xYz company, that is exactly what someone needed to do, shut up and take my money'
Wow, long post, sorry, bit bored in the mid Christmas slump, not much to do at work, think I'll have (yet) another coffee and maybe a mince pie.