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Section 3 - Carrier-specific Galaxy S3 issues/information:
- Anything specific to individual carriers will be listed here.
Section 4 - Archived Galaxy S3 issues:
- Issues that are resolved via OTAs will be listed here for reference.
Section 5 - Accessories
Generally speaking, only you can determine what is the best for you. However, the recommended process for chosing a MicroSD card is this:
Determine the size you want:
How much media do you want to carry with you? I would recommend at least a 16 GB MicroSD card. If you have a 16 GB Galaxy S3, I would recommend going with a 32 GB MicroSD card. A 64 GB MicroSD card is iff you intend to have a lot of music, movies, or other media with you on your phone.
Determine the speed you want:
This is the tricky part. There are 5 classes. Class 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. Class 2 is the slowest and would probably be enough if all you want to do is back up data from your internal memory to a MicroSD card. Class 4 is the typical speed you see MicroSD cards come in. It is the usual choice for most people as it's cheap but has a decent transfer speed. Class 6 is probably the best tradeoff of price and speed. Class 10 is for those who transfer large files constantly (like movies). There is also SDXC available for the Galaxy S3. This is for those who must have the top end and are willing to pay for it. The upside is that these MicroSD cards are just as fast as internal memory. The downside is that they're much more expensive than a class 10. But price point is to be determined by the buyer.
UHS-1 microSD cards:
These are the fastest available. Faster than class 10, even. Unless you're going to be constantly transferring very large files or a large number of files, you will not likely need one. There is some debate if these cards even can reach their full potential in the Galaxy S3, but it is claimed by Samsung that it does. For more info, see this thread: Class 10 vs UHS-1 cards..
Things to look out for:
It is highly recommended that you do not buy MicroSD cards from eBay or Craigslist. These cards are often found to be counterfeit devices that either: 1) Do not actually have the advertised capacity, 2) Do not have the advertised transfer speed, 3) Stop functioning after a week or two, 4) All of the above.
Please purchase your MicroSD cards from reputable vendors with return policies. Amazon, NewEgg, etc.
Section 6 - Gestures, Tips, Tweaks and Rooting.
A.01) A Helpful Video on Gesture Commands
A.02) Tip videos (for Sprint, but applies to all S3s)
A.03) What is Rooting? How do I do it?
1) What the Galaxy S3 can do with USB On-the-go
I generally do not like to promote blogs/sites. However, NZtechfreak did a wonderful job commenting on the various connection capabilities of the Galaxy S3, so I figured he gets a one time exception, also you do not have to go to his site to see the video, which is posted in the thread.
Early look at working MHL (!), USB OTG, USB audio, PS3/XBoX/Wii controllers and more!
If you are into emulators or want to use your Galaxy S3 in place of any video player or internet TV box, this is a must watch video. If you want the little cable he used in the video, do a Google search for "USB OTG cable" and you'll find a vendor that services your country with a number of links.
2) NFC Tags
1)Samsung's official NFC tags are called TecTiles. TecTiles are, as AndroidForums member XplosiV described it, like QR codes for NFC. You can put these stickers in areas of your place of residence, car, etc. Then you can program your phone to do certain things when it detects the TecTile through NFC. Like put one on your nightstand and program your phone to set the alarm clock when the phone is in range of your night stand. Thanks to AF member Lorak for the examples
To read more about it, visit this thread: Samsung TecTiles For S3
2) Alternative sources to Samsung's official TecTiles can be found discussed in this thread: Alternatives to Samsung TecTiles!
The alternatives are cheaper and there are more locations to buy them than through Samsung directly.
3) Wireless charging mat