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#12 It supports near field communications (NFC)
NFC was supposed to be the gateway drug to easier credit card payments, but this hasn't happened yet. The carriers are getting in the way (as usual) and some users claim Verizon has disabled Google Wallet.
Even so, you can use NFC for some hacky activities, like triggering Tasker events (more about Tasker later) when placing your phone down on NFC stickers like these made by AndyTags (who explains NFC quite well). There are also a few substitute passbook apps, like the one from Attidomobile pictured above.
While NFC might well be a technology in search of a solution, my Android phone has it and my iPhone didn't.Image courtesy Attido Mobile.
#13 It has an IR emitter
Apple has long offered the ability to control your Apple TV with your iPhone over WiFi. But if you want to control any other device in your entertainment center, you've been out of luck.
Not anymore. My new Android phone has an infrared emitter, which effectively turns the phone into a universal remote.Image courtesy Touchsquid Technologies.
#14 You can turn your phone into a stealthy TV-B-Gone
This is one I can't wait to try out. Down here in Central Florida, if a TV is on and blaring in a doctor's office, restaurant, or other public place, it's either blaring a soap opera, some very-not-mainstream religious programming, or some very off-brand home shopping channel. Florida is a strange place.
Now, it can look like you're playing with your phone, but you can power off almost any TV. It might not be the most well-behaved use of your phone, but you'd be doing a public service.
Image courtesy TV Off.