The thing Apple is selling you, beside the hardware, is the complete integrated product. They take your money, they give you something that works, that's their sole "monetization" strategy. Unlike everyone else in the business, trying to suck you into their various creepy ad/clickstream/search front-running scams.
I think though, that you're overselling the size of the vocal anti-Apple Android user base. I think they've just grown accustomed to hacking around bad design.
This quote comes to mind.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George Bernard Shaw
Android users think they're adapting tech to themselves, Apple users think Apple is adapting the tech industry to their whims.
In the end, the question is, who's design decisions do you trust, yourself or Apple's? I opt for Apple.