The iPhone is a mansion designed by experts with superb taste. It’s beautifully laid out, and all the rooms, wiring and plumbing work together seamlessly. But once you move in, you can make only the tiniest of alterations.
The designers of Android, and companies like HTC, which modify that operating system in different ways, don’t have the same skills. But you can trash just about every aesthetic choice they’ve made and renovate to your heart’s content.