Android is a great operating system. You can basically do anything you want with your device and customize it in any way you find suitable. Widgets, live wallpapers, and a fantastic notifications system set it apart from other mobile operating systems.
Unfortunately, a lot of Android's features are data hogs, and so it only makes sense that Nielsen has found that Android folk use far much more data than iOS or BlackBerry OS users. In fact, the average Android user downloads 582MB of data per month. That's 90MB more than iOS users, who use an average of only 492MB in comparison.
This doesn't surprise me at all. Android often uses more data than other platforms because of its features. I know that when my Commando worked, it would track the amount of data right on my home screen. Without even setting up all of my email accounts and hardly using data services, I still racked up 25MB in the first day.
I hope carriers realize that devices are becoming more data hungry, no matter which operating system they're running, and adjust their plans accordingly.[Nielsen via Android Police]