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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.
#6 It's got a full 1080p HD display
The much-vaunted iPhone Retina display doesn't come close to the display in my new Android phone. The iPhone 5 has a non-standard 640×1136 pixels at 326 ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 has true 1920x1080 HD at an even-more-Retina-than-Retina 441 ppi.
Samsung's Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display merges the digitizer layer with the display layer, making the display far easier to see in direct sunlight, as well as packing more pixels into a smaller area.
Containing 35.06% more pixels than even the iPhone 5, it's hard to argue that the old iPhone is keeping up.
Image courtesy CBS Interactive and CNET.
#7 You don't have to use iTunes
Admittedly, more modern versions of iOS allow you to control most of your phone's functions and data interchange over WiFi, but the iTunes application is still there, ready to haunt your dreams.
My favorite description of iTunes comes from our own Ed Bott: "And you wonder why I dislike iTunes with a passion that burns like the fire of a thousand suns?" I couldn't agree more.
Image courtesy my Mac mini OS X Server which continually insists on launching iTunes even though I've turned off the iTunes helper AND checked the "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically" AND can't uninstall the application because OS X won't let you AND have never connected an iOS device to it because it's a SERVER but still insists on launching. But I'm not bitter.