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#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.
#4 It supports wireless inductive charging without a bulky sled
Ever since the ill-fated Palm Pre's Touchstone inductive charger, I've wanted wireless charging for my phone. There are add-ons for the iPhone that provide that capability, but they're large sleds that strap around the iPhone and make it bulkier and uglier than necessary.
Because the Galaxy S4 supports replacing the plastic back, you can simply pop off the stock back that comes with the phone and snap on the new back and you have a phone that supports wireless charging, straight from the manufacturer.
There are a few disadvantages I've discovered. Otterboxes won't fit, because they're built with absolutely no tolerance for "gooshiness" around the frame, and the S4's wireless charger adds about a 1/32 of an inch extra bulk to the back of the unit. Also, if you want a wallet-style case (most of which merge their own back into the phone), you're probably out of luck.
Even so, the few case disadvantages are worth it for integrated wireless charging. My new Android phone has it and the iPhone doesn't. I've always found the lack of iPhone wireless charging rather strange. Wireless charging seems like such an Apple-like thing to do, it's somewhat odd that the company seems to have thusfar ignored this incredibly convenient technology.
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#5 Wonder-of-wonders: you can actually plug a USB cable into it and drag and drop files from your computer
Stop-the-presses! Hear ye! Hear ye! Your attention please!
Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to behold a sight so incredible, so amazing, so advanced, so utterly incomprehensible in the iOS world, that I urge those of you who are easily shocked, frightened, suffer from medical conditions, or love your Apple devices above all others, to forgo reading this item.
You have been warned.
If you have the courage, the intestinal fortitude to read past my previous warnings, if you believe that you can withstand the greatest of all shocks, then read on.
Are you ready? Can you dig it?
Here it is: you can actually plug a USB cable into it and drag and drop files from your computer.
"Amazing," you say! "Incredible," you whisper. "There's just no way," you mumble. And yet, it is the truth I type. You can indeed simply plug a USB cable into your computer and then into your Android phone and — woosshh! — copy files from the desktop.
Will wonders never cease? Now, we truly know we're in the future!
Image courtesy my desktop, Android's astonishing ability to do something my iPhone should have been able to do out of the box for years, and the Samsung manual.