11 Things Android Phones Can Do That The iPhone Still Can't

Lisa Eadicicco

With it's iPhone 6 and iOS 8, Apple has introduced a few features that have been available on Android smartphones for quite some time.

For example, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be the company's first smartphones to come with near field communication (NFC) — a technology that lets phones talk to each other via a short range radio.

This means you can exchange data and make payments by simply tapping your iPhone against another compatible device. 

Still, there are a lot of things you can do with Android phones that you still can't do with the iPhone.

You can add a bigger battery to most Android phones. The iPhone's back isn't removable.

Many Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3, come with a removeable back — which means you can take out the battery. This is especially helpful if you find your phone dying quicker than expected. With some Android phones, you can simply pop off the back, take out the battery, and put a new one in when your phone is dead. The iPhone relies on a single, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can only be removed or replaced by Apple technicians.

With some Android phones, you can open multiple apps at once.

Several Android manufacturers layer their own software over the plain version of Android, often adding their own additional features. On Samsung and LG phones, for example, you can open more than one app at a time and run them alongside one another. On LG phones, you can even move these apps around in separate windows, change the transparency of those windows, and resize them, as shown in the screenshot to the right.

You can charge your Android phone with any micro USB cable.

You can charge most Android phones with any micro USB cable — you don't need the specific cable from that particular phone manufacturer. That's not the case with Apple; you need the company's proprietary iPhone or iPad charger, called Lightning. 

Some Android phones come with a micro HDMI connection.

Some Android phones come with a micro HDMI port, which means you can plug your smartphone directly into your TV. This isn't common on most flagships, but some of Motorola's Droid phones come with this connectivity option. The only ports available on the iPhone are its headphone jack and Lightning dock connector.

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