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#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.
#15 The thing senses hand gestures above it
Imagine you've just sat yourself down to a wonderful, messy, sticky plate of ribs, and you want to read the latest post by our very own Jason Perlow. If you had an iPhone, you'd have to slather the screen with sticky sauce to scroll the page.
On the other hand, since my new Android phone senses gestures without requiring physical contact, if you had your own Galaxy S4, you'd be able to simply wave your hand (without touching the device) and still be able to control it.
See? Now you can have your ribs and read it, too!
Image courtesy Flickr user jasonperlow (yep, the one and the same). It makes me wimper just looking at these pictures.