No iTunes. Just hook it up via USB and write or read via the file system. Write scripts to automate synchronization or if you don't care, do it by hand.
A net connection via LTE or whatever T-Mobile is selling. No contract. Wifi.
That's it. I don't have to hook it up to Google's or Apple's cloud. I can use it to play music, videos or podcasts. And of course it has a camera, and a microphone, so I can record podcasts and movies to share.
A platform for geeks. A RISC-type approach. I don't like the fragility of the platforms Apple and Google are making. This isn't for a neophyte. It's for pros. People who don't need or want their hands held when using a hand-held.