We have to advocate and educate, or the situation will only get worse. Windows has been the Free Software Foundation's hobgoblin for the last several decades, but iOS is many, many times worse and even fewer people seem to care.
The most intensive thing I do is something it readily supports -- copying files into my VLC library. Do I wish it were a folder and not some bizarre container? Sure. Is it going to kill me if it isn't? No.
You are advocating for the Google and against Apple? Maybe you should be advocating for better interoperability between them.
It's not clear if your community is a physical municipality or randomly located people with a common interest like a church group.
Either way you might want to buy a cheaper 2nd phone to communicate more smoothly with the iPhoners and then communicate with your tech-savvy friends on the Google Andorids.
It's my professional and personal opinion that every platform has some critical flaw or another, and that you should use what works for you.
I have no clue what that means. I have an Atari 2600 somewhere, but it was for the primitative games.
I used the Commoder 64K at work that ran some process equipment in the 1980s.