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#22 You can automate almost everything
There are a bunch of app automation tools for Android. The one I tried was Tasker, an app that costs all of three bucks. With Tasker, you can automate everything. For example, since I have other phone handsets at home, I have Tasker set up to determine when I've connected to my home WiFi connection and when connected, turn off the ringer on my Android phone so we don't get a bunch of handsets ringing at once when someone calls. When I get into my car (and Tasker senses the Bluetooth in my car), it increases volume and launches Maps.
You can do a lot more with Tasker, including a lot more sensing options and a lot more action options, but I'm just getting to know the program. While there are things you can do with Tasker if you root your phone (which I do not recommend), everything I've done has been with a plain, vanilla, factory-fresh phone using apps only downloaded from the Google Play store.
If any one thing makes this phone feel modern and my old iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s, it's Tasker.
Image courtesy Craft Apps EU, the makers of Tasker.
#23 When you buy something on the Google Play store, you get an email receipt within minutes, not weeks
I can't begin to explain why Apple takes so long, but when you buy something from iTunes (whether from the infernal desktop application or on an iPhone or iPad), it can take weeks to get a receipt from Apple via email. By the time the receipt arrives in your email inbox, you've forgotten what it is you ordered, and why.
I could understand it if this was the 1990s and the receipt was sent through the physical snail mail system. Then, allowing two weeks for a confirmation message would make sense. But this is the land of the Internet and it makes no sense why Apple should take so long to email a simple receipt.
By contrast, the Google Play store sends receipts within minutes. It seems so... modern.
Image courtesy my inbox.
#24 It integrates (mostly) nicely with Google Voice
Sure, Google Voice works on my old iPhone, but if I want to make a call, I have to launch the Google Voice app to do so. On the Android phone, all I have to do is launch the phone app, and my outgoing number is shown as my Google Voice number.
There is a gotcha. SMS isn't quite as well integrated into Google Voice (it's no better on the iPhone), so some hacking is involved to get incoming and outgoing SMS messages to work right(ish). Even so, it's an improvement on the iPhone and a very important tool for my daily phone use.
Image courtesy Google Play.