I want to jump ship from iOS... but here's the buts.

But; I have a mac and iCloud so everything syncs

But; Most of my family have Apple products and FaceTime/iMessage/Shared Photo Stream is used pretty regularly

But; I rely on TweetBot syncing my timeline & Instacast my podcast's last played position ALL THE TIME

But; I like having a small phone that is really comfy in one hand but not subpar in performance

But; I have iTunes match set up, again the syncing and integration is great

BUT I'M BORED OF iPHONE - EVERY YEAR, SINCE THE FIRST ONE

So. Are there any solutions out there? I'm really drawn to Sony's products as they seem to have a similar premium build quality and material choice to the Apple stuff and whatever skin they have looks nice. But what apps are preloaded, what will replace my current super easy setup and will it work with the stuff I've already got?

I would love input and opinions but not flames and anger :D

Thanks!