I'm not going to pay 3 times as much as I would for an equivalent Android device and then just make it as close to Android as possible. That doesn't make any sense.
Wow, the vitriol there. Its not like the iPhone beat you as a child or anything. First off, where are you getting this 3x price from?
In his defence, that doesn't read as vitriol. It seems like a normally stated opinion.
For me, I got a new phone in February and when choosing between the iPhone 5s/5c and an Android phone I paid less than half the cost of a 5s for a Nexus 5 that offers a completely comparable feature set and user experience. So in my case it would have been twice the price of what many consider the best android phone for the 'latest' iphone of the time.