I haven't spent much time on Android devices, but, I can tell you that my Idevices have changed the way I use The Internet, and how I communicate.
The Iphone, and the iPad, put everything right at my fingertips.
I work for a huge networking company that constantly does Web Ex meetings. I can do those meetings on my Ipad, Iphone, PC, and even my Apple TV.
I've been pondering Android, but, I gizmos are so vested to me now, and I have substantial investment in my iPhone, iPad, Apple Tv, and iPod, that I'm reluctant to move to Android.
My Apple TV is cool, and, I can hit it from my PC, my iPhone, my iPod. It's a full 1080p with 5.1, and it works flawlessly.
Do you need a smartphone? No. Is it life changing? Yes. It completely changes the way you interact with The Internet, and communicate with others.
I get Time magazine, Nat Geo mag, and Reader's Digest, among others, delivered to my iPad. I have apps for everything from Walmart to internet speed to Pac Man.
Love the I gizmos.