So I did a little looking around, found a local shop selling the newest of the new Samsung models, the intense sounding Galaxy S II. It's amazing, the screen larger than the iphone, but the phone itself is much thinner, and it's practically weightless.
It's a super-fast 1.2GHz dual-core device with a gig of RAM and like 16GB storage. And, unlike the iphone, it has an SD card slot. 8mpix camera, front-facing VGA camera, removable battery, charges off any USB port unlike the iphone, and has 80% battery left at the end of the day where the iphone would have 30%.
The first day I had it, I sat down on the couch and mucked around. Within minutes I was browsing the files on my computer, using the WiFi connection, and I copied some music tracks from the computer to the phone. Without a cable. Without special software.
I downloaded a Samsung app that allowed me to control my TV, via WiFi.
Then I made a quick video with the camera (1080p video! On a phone!) and streamed it wirelessly to the TV. Without special software, without any cables. I downloaded Opera, my webbrowser of choice, which I couldn't do on the iphone. I downloaded apps from a source that wasn't the Android Marketplace, and unlike the iphone I didn't have to crack the thing open with scary and exotic tools called things like Blackra1n or Greenpois0n.
I watched unconverted 720p videos copied from my computer. I played some of the OggVorbis music filles I've ripped from my own CDs, that Apple wouldn't let me play. I played FLAC files that apple wouldn't let me play.
Then I installed a music player my friend wrote, that emulates the soundchips from seven hundred different arcade games, something that Apple would never approve.
And I did all this without a manual, without any cables, and without installing itunes or any other loatheware.
The idea that only Apple makes easy-to-use products is farcical. Apple makes products that only do what apple allows you to do. Apple sues anyone who cracks their hardware. In America, they had to pass laws that make it OK to tinker with the Apple hardware you bought and own.
Samsung sent four Galaxy S II phones to the crew that make a popular Android replacement operating system. Free phones, make your alternative OS run on our hardware, please.
That's why I got rid of Apple and bought an Android phone.