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I think you're exactly right. The archiving process moves mail to 'all mail'. The basic delete function on the iPhones gmail setup is archiving the mail.
If you setup the gmail account manually on the iPhone to use POP rather than IMAP the changes made when items are read/moved won't be notified back up to the server and so won't move the emails on the other devices.
However this does 'break' syncing. i.e. if the iPhone user reads and acts upon an email you will have no way of knowing this on the other devices.

You have options but my instinct would be to re-train the iPhone user in the way you'd like email handled rather than isolation the iPhone from the full syncing capability.

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