Ok I have to agree with you here. I am going to return it tomorrow to the t-mobile store I got it from and try it from take two. I still don't think I can use a iPhone as a main phone and I most likely will give this phone to my older sister as a gift and go back to my nexus at the end of the week. I am such a awesome little brother.
When I first got it I was getting atrocious data speeds so I powercycled it and then my speeds started to be acceptible. Than about four hours later i was attempting to download an app and it would not open. So I had to powercycle the phone once again. I also notice that unless I tap really hard on things in the appstore it does not read the touches. I restored the phone last night and I am still getting the issue in the app store where I have to press really hard to get...
I got one last night but I think I will return it. The grass is not as green as I thought. To be honest this thing is more buggy than my nexus 4 running cyanogen mod 10.1 nightlies. Since I got this iPhone 5 I have had to power cycle it three times. I only power cycled my nexus 4 when I updated it twice a week. The battery life is also pretty bad. Maybe its just me but I can't use an unrelieble device.
I think you are confusing google for apple. Google always makes cross platform apps. Look at search, Youtube, Maps, Google+, etc.(Even snapseed) Apple has not a single android app on the other hand. If this is finalized you will get a simple to use messaging service most likely tied into their other apps.
The VZW iPhone has different lte frequencies. By apple making the iPhone 5 lte they get to experience the Cluster Fack known as lte. everyone is using different frequencies. Where apple made only one iphone 4s they need multiple SKUs for the iPhone 5.
You would be surprised how many people with iPhones move over to galaxy phones. (Many of them move for something new in terms of UI) My GF did. And I would compare Apple to Samsung as Chevrolet vs. Hundai. BMW would be Vertu. Who has Siri locked down with the personal assistant thing.