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#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.
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#2 You can add an memory card to your phoneNot 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.
#3 You can replace the back coverWhile some Android phones don't have this feature, the Samsung S4 has a back that you can easily replace. Even better, unlike my old iPhone 4S, the new Android phone does not have a back made of easily-breakable glass.In fact, you can replace the of the Samsung S4 with hundreds of others, in all sorts of different patterns and colors. These are quite inexpensive, so if you do happen to do some damage to the back of your unit, the replacement cost can be under ten bucks. Now, that's progress!Image courtesy Amazon and "I Need" specialty shop.