That's nothing to do with what I'm talking about though. On iOS, I
get to decide if an app can access my contacts, photos, location, etc. And if I decline, the app will still work, sans that specific feature.
On Android, I have to accept all permissions just to even install the app.
You're right that most of the time it makes sense, but on iOS, I can download and play any stupid game or app and choose not
to let it access my contacts (legitimately used to make friend suggestions), and still play the game or whatever without the slightest concern over my privacy.
And if that game turns out to be trustworthy and fun enough, I can give it permission.
On Android, I don't have that choice. All it takes is one mistaken download (either an app that is a fake version of a real one, or an honest app that takes your info (like the Facebook app used to do)), and bam, privacy is violated.
Honestly, I can't believe you are arguing against security and privacy. And none of the issues I'm talking about have anything to do with the sort of freedoms you're talking about between iOS and Android. They are about the freedoms between me and the app developer.
Freedoms which should belong to me, freedoms which Apple provides and Google denies. Freedoms which presently keep me from using Android, even though I like the system itself.