To me, buying an iOS device feels a bit like buying an Intel-based Mac: you get all the great Apple software but you can run everything from the “other camp” too. It’s also interesting to note that one of the major historical arguments for buying an Android device – that it “works better with Google services” – is essentially moot now, save for some minor levels of integration that will probably disappear sooner rather than later.
Entirely agreed. There are minor philosophical differences, but the gist is that both operating systems are operating more similarly as time goes on, not less so. If you want to use Google’s services, you’ve got a plethora of choices on iOS for doing so.