That is a very telling statistic. I guarantee that my wife and daughter will be buying android next time out, now that they have seen my android.
Hey, it is true the iphone revolutionized the cell phone, but that was then. Now, it isn't competitive and the closed system turns people off.
So do your wife and daughter want to root their phone and overclock their processor? Do they want to install unverified software from any Internet source? Do they want to download porn apps from a porn app store?
I want to do all that stuff. Especially the porn one. And I do so on my Android phone. But if I wasn't a EE/CS major who has been messing with computers since before I took Algebra, I would probably want an iPhone. Plus, I can only afford a $25/month no-contract phone anyway, since I'm a student.
I would think your wife and daughter would want the easiest interface, and largest library of apps. I have a long list of iPhone games I wish I could be playing. (First on that list is Infinity Blade) I'm still amazed at the lack of quality 3D games on Android. They would probably not like the random little glitches and shortcomings of Android.
If you don't get a Gingerbread phone you don't get a workable copy/paste system, something iPhone users used to complain about! I had to install a custom ROM to get that capability because Android handset makers NEVER UPDATE THEIR PHONES AND JUST IGNORE THEM AND RELEASE NEW ONES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME OLD CELL PHONE MANUFACTURERS. This is the worst part about owning an Android phone. Even iPhone 3GS users can use the new iOS 5. but I rely on some dude on the XDA forums for my software updates.
One of the biggest omissions is the little magnifying glass Apple uses so you can move your text cursor to just the right spot. It's another one of those little tiny things that Apple always thinks of that make it such a polished product. It was there on day one with the EDGE iPhone.
I mean are your wife/daughter really comparing your Android to the current iPhone 4? Have they used it? Have you even seen iOS 5?
Oh yeah....buy a phone from anyone besides Apple that has no plastic on the exterior of the phone. Or a physical switch for vibrate mode (GENIUS!) Ready....GO!