HA! The iPhone is a joke.. HIGHLY overrated. It might seem popular, but trust me, as an Eagle Scout, you will get far more utility and benefit from an android device. Anything by Samsung or Motorola are the BEST phones on the market, and they have the BEST customer satisfaction ratings from customers. You can do so much more with android than an iPhone. Apple does NOT give you much with that new iPhone, but with some of the more popular androids, you'll get a rebate, and a free music/app store money card. Had an iPhone, got bored with it within a week. As for the androids, customization is far more available than what Apple has offered for the past 6 years, which still hasn't changed much since then. If you want a simple phone that everyone has and are willing to deal with boring software for 2 years, go iPhone.
Personal recommendation... get a phone that fits your needs that is not an Iphone, there is plenty of other promising choices out there the Z10, the latest Lumia. I can't tell you how good this phones are but for sure are better than the Iphone5, they just came out and they do not look exactly the same as the old ones or have the same exact interface with the same lack of customization. Just remember that Windows and Blackberry are closed platforms too so there will be customization with certain limits, I have tried only Iphones and Androids and I simply dislike Iphone to the point that I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.
Samsung Galaxy III - - or "GS3" - - gives you all the cool Google Play apps (and there are a ton of them!) and all the Android features. And you can add an SD card, if you want, to expand the phone's memory - - something you can't do on an iPhone.
I won't say just the IOS powered devices, but rather any of the smartphones running on Android of IOS. They are in constant competition for speed, and I won't declare a winner between the two. You make the choice, between the customization of the Android devices and the simplicity of the IOS devices.