As evidence, I submit the process for rooting the current flagship HTC android phone.
Also, it is suggested to anyone who wants to improve their HTC, that going through this process is highly recommended to "remove bloatware, improve battery life and get the phone running smoother".
The i5 has no bloatware. It does not even have the carrier logo on the device. I absolutely love this and firmly believe it improves the resale value as well.
I will take the childlike device all day. This is really a personal thing as I am finding that people just look at phones differently. Mine is mainly used as my primary source of communication. For others it is more of a computer.