Four Great Features Android Phones Have that the iPhone Doesn’t

The features the iPhone has over Android phones can’t easily be summed up on a feature checklist. They include things like the Retina Display, yes, but most of the iPhone’s attraction comes from its polished user experience, a feature that’s difficult to quantify. On the other hand, some Android phones have features the iPhone doesn’t; big, important features, where it’s easy to explain what kind of benefit you get from them. And while some of these features Android phones have are only exclusive because the iPhone hasn’t been updated since last year, others are features the iPhone’s not likely to get anytime soon, even with its next update. Let’s take a look! Big screens The iPhone 4’s display is 3.5 inches across, only a tiny bit bigger than my HTC Aria’s. But the Nexus S has a screen that’s 4 inches across, a figure that’s not unheard-of for Android “superphones.” Even prepaid Android phones can get in on the action; the Motorola Triumph sells for $299 off-contract, and has a 4.1 inch screen. Besides scoring you points with the Android fans who care about such things, a larger screen’s better for watching TV and movies, playing games, and reading text. And while a huge Android smartphone might be harder to hold in your hand, the iPhone’s smaller screen can be harder to read on, especially since it lacks text reflow. Hardware keyboards The only way to get a hardware keyboard for the iPhone 4 is to pair it with a Bluetooth device. But many Android smartphones, including the HTC Evo Shift, come with a slider keyboard, just like you might already be used to for texting. Others come with a BlackBerry-style vertical keyboard. 4G connection speeds The iPhone 4 is still limited to 3G wireless Internet. But Android smartphones like the aforementioned Evo Shift have 4G speeds, which mean much faster wireless connections if you live someplace that is covered by their service. Dual-core processors Want faster gaming and app performance? Try an Android smartphone with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. Android smartphones with this feature are so powerful, there’s an app to help people find the best games that take advantage of it. The upshot It’s likely that the next-generation iPhone, when it comes out, will have a dual-core processor. Until then, the current iPhone simply has more games, and more exclusive games, than Android smartphones do. Meanwhile, 4G wireless Internet is still only available in certain places, and will probably become available on an iPhone model once it’s more reliable. Still, the fact remains: If you need or want features that the iPhone doesn’t have, there’s an Android phone somewhere that fits the bill.
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