I am an Android user and as a result I have had to defend my purchase to many an iFan, as individuals, we would all like to believe that the purchases we make are the best, especially when it comes to a phone, and most IPhone users really do believe that the the iPhone is the best phone on the market, when it is far from it, I am not saying that android is the best either, but because of brilliant marketing, and brilliant integration into the Apple ecosystem, those individuals will not purchase any other device. Apple has fooled millions into believing that the iPhone is all they would ever want, or need, and everything else is either not needed or will hamper the experience, and though they would project that attitude that they have all they need, they would quietly jailbreak the device to gain the many functions that are missing, case in point: FLASH, iPhone users were BRAINWASHED into thinking that FLASH is a bad thing (because Steve Jobs said so), and it's a resource hog, and it's a security risk, FireFox is a resource hog, it's the second most popular browser on EARTH, which piece of software doesn't have security holes, please tell me, but yet, even with their brainwahsing by Steve Jobs, when SkyFire was launched in the "App Store" what happened, it had to be pulled due to unexpected and overwhelming demand. So it is mostly a matter of pride when you hear people say this and that about their personal device, what one has to do is purchase a device that best suits their personal needs.
Now where some see the integration as a strength, I see it as a weakness, e.g I have a co worker that was interested in buying a Samsung Galaxy S 2, and when he saw that I had the device, and after using it every time he has a chance, he wanted it badly, but he was waiting for what Apple would announce, when Apple announced the 4S, he was thoroughly disappointed, and I mean thoroughly, but guess what device he bought, the 4S, during our many discussions, I tried to show him the pros and cons of both sides, after having used both platforms extensively, in the end, I had to find ways to show him that the iPhone may not be as disappointing as it may seem, why, because I knew that although he wants the SGS2, if he bought the 4S, he wouldn't be disappointed because it would fit seamlessly into his lifestyle, because he has already been "trapped" in the Apple ecosystem. Note here that he does not have the device he wants, he has the device that he needs, Again, some would say that's a strength, I would always call that a weakness.
I have spoken with many a fanboy and they consider their level of integration a "religion", I am not trying to judge anyone, but that can't be good, now while I enjoy a level of integration, I still have the choice of buying outside the ecosystem and forcing that device to integrate the way I would want it to, it might be more difficult but I enjoy a challenge.
I believe in purchasing a device that suits your personal needs, and Apple's closed ecosystem doesn't allow for that, it's locks you in and provides you another person's vision of how things should be, I have my own vision and Android plays it's part in that. I rather remain outside and have the flexibility to adapt than too be inside and lack that fundamental right that I value very much, CHOICE