25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s

25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s

Summary: My new Android phone makes my old iPhone feel like a dinosaur. I did not root my phone. Every app you see here is a standard product, available from the Google Play store. This is what you can do right out of the box.

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  • There are (at least) 25 things my old iPhone can't do

    A few weeks ago, I told you about my plans to ditch my old iPhone 4S and get a brand-new Samsung S4 Android phone. Well, a few days later, I did just that.

    Since then, I've been playing around with the new phone and I came to a rather surprising realization: it makes my old iPhone feel like a dinosaur. We have a bunch of Nexus 7 tablets floating around the house and I use mine almost every day. But a phone is a far more personal device and, as a result, the desire to make it truly fit with a lifestyle is strong.

    I knew the S4 had a lot more features than the iPhone. But until I started playing with it, the scope of the advancement of the device over even the iPhone 5 wasn't immediately apparent. This gallery should rectify that.

    Before you dive in, I have a few things to say. First, I'm well aware of the state of handheld technology from the 1990s. Back then, we were in the early PalmPilot days, and there weren't smartphones. That's not the point. I know the iPhone seemed advanced five or seven years ago, but using it now, holding it next to the new Android phone, it feels so dated. It seems older than just the last decade. It seems like something from before the turn of the century.

    The second thing I want to say is that I did not root my phone. Every app you see here is a standard product, available from the Google Play store. This is what you can do right out of the box.

    Well, without further ado, let's explore the 25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s.

    Image courtesy David Gewirtz and some Photoshop magic.

    P.S. For you language purists, I went back and forth about whether the title of this should be "25 things make" or 25 things makes" and I decided on "makes" because it's the 25 things in combination that makes the iPhone seem so last-generation. The 25 things, in that context, becomes a single thing, so "makes". Now, read on and stop fussing about English grammar.

  • #1 You can replace the battery

    Will modern miracles never cease? With some of the more advanced Android phones, you can actually replace the battery if it dies while you're on the road. Just pop the back off, and drop in a spare battery. It's almost like magic.

    By contrast, if you want a longer run with your iPhone, you have to mount it in some sort of ugly cradle backpack or battery sled, increasing its bulk and wait to more than the original phone.

    If, someday, the entire phone frame becomes a battery, and battery life lasts a week instead of a day, it might make sense to eliminate replacement batteries. But, for now, the replacement battery of the S4 seems light years more advanced than a phone that just dies when it runs out of juice.

    Image courtesy Samsung.

  • #2 You can add an memory card to your phone

    Not only can you replace the battery, you can add a memory card. This isn't just a boon for adding capacity, it also is incredibly useful if you want to carry a large amount of content or switch content based on the context of what you're doing or where you're working. Memory cards are incredibly small and inexpensive, so this is a level of flexibility that just makes sense. It's also something the iPhone just doesn't have.
     
    Image courtesy Samsung.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iOS, The Year's Best Tech for Work and Play

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • and no Imessage

    When you send an SMS, you actually send an SMS. And when I want to message someone, I can use Skype or Google Chat (Hangouts?) or whatever I want.
    Oliverzip
    • Your point?

      You can turn iMessage off. You can use Google Talk and Skype on the iPhone…

      I actually like iMessage as many of my friends and family insist on using text messaging as if it was another instant messenger… so I just reply back to them at my desktop using messages on osx. I know you can do that with any of the others, but this works when they "text" my phone number as well (without having to get a service like google voice)
      tk_77
      • imessage has many problems

        When I upgraded from my iphone 4 to a Nokia Lumia 920 (what a fantastic upgrade that was) anyone who had ever "texted" me from their iphone couldn't anymore since it kept going to imessage. apple quite literally hijacked my phone number.
        toddbottom3
        • iMessage

          iMessage does have issues, I can't argue that. Never seen this issue as I don't know anyone that went from an iphone to another brand…

          Did you unregister your phone number from any and all ios devices you might have had it enabled on? Did those trying to text you have "send as sms" enabled for when imessage fails? (not that that always works though, admittedly).

          I've had issue with iMessage occasionally… for me, simply turning it off and reverting to SMS then always worked fine (as long as I had signal).
          tk_77
          • I tried to troubleshoot for a bit

            It appeared that nothing I did would get apple to tell their devices not to use imessage when texting me. Yes, they could manually force it to use text when contacting me but it always reverted back to imessage as the default the next time. Besides, it was terribly unintuitive and difficult to use.

            Do a search on apple forums and you'll see a ton of complaints. This is a big problem. At least it was when I switched at the end of last year.
            toddbottom3
          • Not sure...

            why this would be a 'big problem'....on my iphone 5 under Messages, just enable one radio button (Send as SMS), and when my recipient, whether on IOS or anything else, receives my texts via SMA whenever iMessage is not available. It's a no brainer, in my experience....YMMV.
            Brich
          • No logic please.

            Logic and facts send @toddbottom3 into a frenzy...well...sometimes he goes catatonic, but mostly a frenzy.
            JScottA44
          • It is a special brand of apple logic

            Yes, the suggestion that I contact everyone and ask them to change their iphone settings because I've switched away from iphone requires a special type of apple branded logic.
            toddbottom3
          • Oh, that's a simple solution

            So all I need to do is go to all of my contacts that have iphones and ask them to tweak their settings so they can contact me?

            I shouldn't be surprised. Inefficiency is the apple way.
            toddbottom3
          • They need change your contact info...

            In their iPhone they have your number setup as iPhone... they need to move it to Mobile. Then it will stop thinking they are connecting to another iPhone and use SMS by default.
            condelirios
          • wait what? it doesn't just work?

            you have to **TWEAK** iOS to tell it the recipient isn't using iOS?
            that's like 90's tech!
            warboat
          • Oh, that's a simple solution 2

            So all I need to do is go to all of my contacts that have iphones and ask them to tweak their settings so they can contact me?

            I shouldn't be surprised. Inefficiency is the apple way.
            toddbottom3
          • I can't imagine...

            Why anybody would want to send you a message. You're far too busy trolling these posts to ever read them anyway...
            mattmuir
          • Pot

            meet kettle.
            hmmm,
          • amazing.

            no, you need to disassociate your phone number from imessage. It's 3 clicks. But it's easier to bitch then google something, right?

            Seriously, amazing.
            jessedegenerate
          • LOL!!!

            Most of us would call that Karma bottom dude. Even the universe thinks you're a tool... LOL!!!
            i8thecat4
          • iMessage errors

            Yeah... it hasn't been fixed in the time since you had issues with it (surprise, everyone! :P). Many users switching from iPhones to B10 had the same issue. Shame on you Apple.
            Sam14.8
          • Someone switched to B10?? Wow!!
            msandersen
          • sigh

            it's 3 buttons to press.


            But yeah, iOS is really hard, so i guess you're in trouble.
            jessedegenerate
        • toddbottom3 has even more problems

          Actualy, the truth is YOU didn't go into your iPhone's settings and turn off iMessage.

          User errors being blamed on Apple...why do they exist?

          I work alongside people like this. They misplace a file on their desktop and blame Windows/Dell/Hp/etc, etc... only to be shown how to find it. lolz
          tw1975