"Most users aren't going to want something that doesn't just "work out of the box""
Semi-true: Totally depends on the price and the intended function of the phone.
Outside of teenagers, most of the software in any Android is just totally unnecessary spyware.
What you need to have is a phone, text messaging, a camera and possibly navigation and email. The rest? Unnecessary crap.
Outside of the phone, none of those need to be on-line all the time but somehow disconnecting Android from data/GPS is very, very difficult.
Obviously on purpose: Spying _must_ roll in real-time.