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I think it depends on your personality, and consequently which you mesh better with. Do you want an energetic, ultra-playful, clownish companion that always keeps you on your toes, or do you want a more "chill" companion who's happy to sit with you and relax while you offer scritches? I currently have four tiels and have cared for more than twice that number, so I can tell you they are all individuals. But, the tendency is for them to be relatively relaxed. They like to play but are generally not clownish in the way that conures are, and though they love head scratches it's rare that they enjoy full-body cuddles, being flipped in their backs, etc. (like a lot of conures do).
Personally, I'm more of a tiel person; I'm laid-back and fairly quiet. Tiels can be loud, but conures are loud in a different way. To me, their calls sound more "jungle-esque." Tiels can have a piercing alarm call but generally don't use it constantly. My current four are incredibly quiet overall.