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Old June 1st, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 11 things to do after unboxing samsung galaxy s3 and other mobiles

First 11 basic things to do after unboxing the mobile
1. Sign in with google account if you have already one or make a new one. If you want to restore settings of previous android mobile to S3, then sign in beginning ( you need internet to sign in)
2. Fully charge the mobile. Although with new batteries, the problem of battery memory is not there but still better to follow the advice or manual. fully charge and discharge few times
3. In contacts, bring contacts from old mobile. One simple way is if your old contacts are already synchrozed with google, then you can simply download from google all the contactsin S3 or save old contacts as file like CSV etc and then import to new
4. Go to market--> menu --> my applications and update if available for existing application
5. Buy good capacity MicroSD card. S3 supports upto 64 Gb card. In order to avoid cluttering of phone internal memory, go to camera settings and change storage from phone to SD card so that photos and movies are stored on card
6. Down load Samsung kies on your desk top and synchronized in order to keep backup of your contacts, sms, photos, movies etc. Alternatively you can use kies air to do wireless synchronization or other backup programs
7. Make account with drop box as S3 buyers can get 50 GB free for two years intead of 5 Gb. After you will recieve a mail from dropbox asking for few steps to increase your storage. If you don't know what dropbox is, google it
8. If you have mobile net, then set the data limit as per your subscription. Go to setting-->data usage--> make it on and set the monthly data limit to avoid overpayment
9. For added security put screen lock. You can put face or voice lock (low security but more fancy) or password/pin lock(strong security). Go to settings and security
10. Put good antivirus if you are planning to download lot of applicationsespecially from unsecured places
11. Subscribe to services like samsungdive or androidlost etc in case of misplacing or loosing yourmobile, you can find it online
You can find these tips on youtube as well with putting same title in search in case, you wanna review again
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#2 will kill your battery very nicely as Li-Ion and Li-Pol batteries do not like being discharged fully.

Thanks for the great advice from 15 years ago when we only had memory-effect-affected batteries.
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#10. Use Avast mobile, it is anit-virus, and also good for finding your lost or stolen phone
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I wouldn't have done a single one of those (except for the obvious #1) lol woops.

#1 though should be PLAY WITH THE PHONE!!!!!!!!
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Yes I agree that with modern batteries, this problem is not there and even I mentioned this but although battery coming partially charged, in manual first advice is written to charge the battery and remove when full.
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I wouldn't have done a single one of those (except for the obvious #1) lol woops.

#1 though should be PLAY WITH THE PHONE!!!!!!!!
No sir....

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#2 will kill your battery very nicely as Li-Ion and Li-Pol batteries do not like being discharged fully.

Thanks for the great advice from 15 years ago when we only had memory-effect-affected batteries.
Most devices won't let you discharge the battery fully for that very reason. Whilst they show you only have 1% remaining, you probably actually have about 6% or something. The other reason they do this is so that the device can shut down gracefully. You never see a phone just turn itself off when the battery runs out, it always shuts down gracefully with a "shutting down..." blinker or whatever.
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2. Then say "YES" like this



3. Try all features so you can be familiarize with them.
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Thanks for the posting. Good faith postings are always welcome. Sometimes you have to wear a flameproof suit, but don't let it dissuade you from posting.
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The primary rule in voicing differing opinions is attack issues, not each other. Please do not make this personal because it distracts from getting important information to the rest of the members. We have Jerry Springer and Maury Povich if people wish to be entertained by meaningless conflict.

Now, to the issue of the battery.

In fact, you are both right. Li-Ion batteries do not suffer from the memory effect and do not need to be conditioned. And deeply discharging a li-ion battery frequently can damage it and letting it discharge completely and stay that way for a long time can render it unchargable.

That said, the ops advice is also sound. Android needs to be taught exactly what a full charge represents so that it can manage power appropriately.

One of the things I recommend all new phone owners to do is to perform a deep power cycle.

Let your phone discharge completely, keep it on until you are warned about low battery and then just let it run out. Most phone will shut down automatically around 5%.

Plug the phone into the original a/c charger, not the usb cable. Let it charge to full uninterrupted.

When the phone says full, unplug the phone from the charge and reboot. Once the phone is completely restarted, plug it back into the charger and shut the phone off. Even if it says fully charged, let it charge for at least one more hour.

Unplug the charger and reboot the phone one more time. Now you should start seeing (possibly significantly) longer charge times.

Without a deep power cycle, it doesn't know the true capacity of the battery. You should only need to do this once as regularly deep cycling the battery can harm it. Li-Ion batteries perform better and last longer with incremental charges.
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Most devices won't let you discharge the battery fully for that very reason. Whilst they show you only have 1% remaining, you probably actually have about 6% or something. The other reason they do this is so that the device can shut down gracefully. You never see a phone just turn itself off when the battery runs out, it always shuts down gracefully with a "shutting down..." blinker or whatever.
The fact that it does not discharge down to 0 does not mean it is good for the phone. These batteries are maintained in the best way if you do not go below 20% before plugging in. The advice, is harmful and if you follow it, you will kill your battery in a few days.
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The fact that it does not discharge down to 0 does not mean it is good for the phone. These batteries are maintained in the best way if you do not go below 20% before plugging in. The advice, is harmful and if you follow it, you will kill your battery in a few days.
That is completely false. I'm not sure where you're getting your information or if you've tried it yourself, but I regularly completely discharge and recharge the battery in my S2 and I still get good life out of it.

Do a search for "battery calibration" - most sites advise that you discharge the battery completely, recharge completely with phone on, then turn the phone off and charge it further.

Manufacturers wouldn't let you deplete the battery below 20% if it was harmful to the battery (more harmful than ordinary use anyway).
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Avast or lookout both can work as antivirus plus finding lost mobile
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From the sounds of it a factory reset is the first thing to do judging by the amount of people having to do one to correct certain issues
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Is the antivirus actually effective? I read somewhere it's pretty much useless. Anyone able to enlighten me?
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Many say no, including a Google Android developer: Google guru blasts Android virus doomsayers as 'charlatans' ? The Register

This thread explains what you need to look out for to protect yourself: Android permissions explained, security tips, and avoiding malware
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Is the antivirus actually effective? I read somewhere it's pretty much useless. Anyone able to enlighten me?
If you are downloading from google play, then usually these apps are safe however it is not 100 % guaranteed as last year there were some cases but it is unusual however there is significant risk from unsecure sites
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From the sounds of it a factory reset is the first thing to do judging by the amount of people having to do one to correct certain issues
Factory reset I don't think is needed initially. May be if your phone is screwed due to mismanaged application and other ways fail to correct problem then you might need it but not initially
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There was a question regarding duplicate contacts. There are many means like on your S3, you can open contacts, press long on contact where you want to merge/del the duplicate, submenu appears, press on join, it will give to list of possilbe duplicates, select one and it will be merged with original. Other way is through PC if your contacts are synchronized with google. Just login to google contacts with your used name, on top press on more tab where you will find merge/ delete the dupicate contests
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Yes it is fine ut what exactly you mean by regularly?
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I let my battery on my eris die once, and it resulted in weeks of the phone not holding a charge, I will never repeat that ever. the way i had to fix it was thankfully I had a rooted phone was to erase the battery info and leave it on the charger, use it a few min here and there, put it back on charger. deep cycle, worst suggestion ever.
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Let your phone discharge completely, keep it on until you are warned about low battery and then just let it run out. Most phone will shut down automatically around 5%.

Plug the phone into the original a/c charger, not the usb cable. Let it charge to full uninterrupted.
Is it ok that I turned the phone on while charging?
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Is it ok that I turned the phone on while charging?
Actually, many phones will turn on when you plug them in. It should be fine as long as it's a continuous charge. Try not to use it too much because if the drain exceeds the charge, it could throw off the stats.
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Actually, many phones will turn on when you plug them in. It should be fine as long as it's a continuous charge. Try not to use it too much because if the drain exceeds the charge, it could throw off the stats.
Yep it was continuous, and didn't do much aside from checking messages. Also, I only did this not when the phone just got out of the box but after I already had it for a while. Is this fine too?
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Yes it is fine ut what exactly you mean by regularly?
Sorry let me rephrase that. I meant most of the time.
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I don't sweat about charging much, how often, deplete.. or anything about the battery. Replacement batteries are cheap. Unlike iPhones, we can take out the battery and replace one without sending the device back to Samsung. Suck on that Apple!
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I don't sweat about charging much, how often, deplete.. or anything about the battery. Replacement batteries are cheap. Unlike iPhones, we can take out the battery and replace one without sending the device back to Samsung. Suck on that Apple!
Oh yeahh.. haha

Well, it took me a while to read through all the posts, but have always been very confused about the dos and don'ts about batteries...

Bottom line, I've always been told never to let a device fully discharge as it can in the long term, hurt the battery life..

I don't know, but so far it's worked for me..

I think the longest battery life I've ever seen on a smart phone has been that of the blackberry 8350i.. It would last me about 3 days without charging, with average daily use, emails, texts, calls, etc..
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Yep it was continuous, and didn't do much aside from checking messages. Also, I only did this not when the phone just got out of the box but after I already had it for a while. Is this fine too?
I wouldn't make a habit of it, but letting it drain completely every now and then should be a problem. Be advised that when I say "completely" I mean until the phone shuts itself off. When it does this there is usually 5% charge left. If you let the device sit in this state for a few days and let the battery drain to 0%, you run the risk of causing damage to the battery up to having it no longer able to charge at all.
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I wouldn't make a habit of it, but letting it drain completely every now and then should be a problem. Be advised that when I say "completely" I mean until the phone shuts itself off. When it does this there is usually 5% charge left. If you let the device sit in this state for a few days and let the battery drain to 0%, you run the risk of causing damage to the battery up to having it no longer able to charge at all.
Thanks. I mean, I wasn't able to do those things you said when the phone (battery) was new. Only did it after having it for a while. Is that alright?
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Thanks. I mean, I wasn't able to do those things you said when the phone (battery) was new. Only did it after having it for a while. Is that alright?
Android saves battery statistics from the first time you turn it on, so if you had a few weeks of incremental charges and the phone reported a quick discharge, it will take a little longer for the stats to average out and give you a more accurate picture of your real battery life. It's better to get this data on a newer phone for better averaging, but you're okay doing it later, too.
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That is completely false. I'm not sure where you're getting your information or if you've tried it yourself, but I regularly completely discharge and recharge the battery in my S2 and I still get good life out of it.

Do a search for "battery calibration" - most sites advise that you discharge the battery completely, recharge completely with phone on, then turn the phone off and charge it further.

Manufacturers wouldn't let you deplete the battery below 20% if it was harmful to the battery (more harmful than ordinary use anyway).
Battery advice is like a religion and Russian roulette. One is "This is what I wish were true" and the second is "It never killed me so it's also good for you". My religion will not permit me to completely deplete a lithium-ion battery, and I keep it topped off whenever possible. I never played Russian roulette and never intend too.
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Android saves battery statistics from the first time you turn it on, so if you had a few weeks of incremental charges and the phone reported a quick discharge, it will take a little longer for the stats to average out and give you a more accurate picture of your real battery life. It's better to get this data on a newer phone for better averaging, but you're okay doing it later, too.
I see. Well, I think I'm still safe. Only had a phone for less than 2 weeks, so it's relatively new imo
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Moreover although important but battery is not matter of life and death as it is replaceable and cheap
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The primary rule in voicing differing opinions is attack issues, not each other. Please do not make this personal because it distracts from getting important information to the rest of the members. We have Jerry Springer and Maury Povich if people wish to be entertained by meaningless conflict.

Now, to the issue of the battery.

In fact, you are both right. Li-Ion batteries do not suffer from the memory effect and do not need to be conditioned. And deeply discharging a li-ion battery frequently can damage it and letting it discharge completely and stay that way for a long time can render it unchargable.

That said, the ops advice is also sound. Android needs to be taught exactly what a full charge represents so that it can manage power appropriately.

One of the things I recommend all new phone owners to do is to perform a deep power cycle.

Let your phone discharge completely, keep it on until you are warned about low battery and then just let it run out. Most phone will shut down automatically around 5%.

Plug the phone into the original a/c charger, not the usb cable. Let it charge to full uninterrupted.

When the phone says full, unplug the phone from the charge and reboot. Once the phone is completely restarted, plug it back into the charger and shut the phone off. Even if it says fully charged, let it charge for at least one more hour.

Unplug the charger and reboot the phone one more time. Now you should start seeing (possibly significantly) longer charge times.

Without a deep power cycle, it doesn't know the true capacity of the battery. You should only need to do this once as regularly deep cycling the battery can harm it. Li-Ion batteries perform better and last longer with incremental charges.
Thanks for the advice everyone. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I'm experiencing very frustrating battery life since purchase. I know the battery is performing way below what should be expected as it doesn't even come close to living up to my old iPhone. I currently lose about 10% battery life per hour regardless of usage. If anything, it appears to drain faster when the phone is not in use! I am in a good service area so no problems with reception. I've tried all the advice I can find online - disabled all of the major apps with potential for battery drain, turned off sync, turned off push email, no bluetooth, wifi only when available etc etc. No success!

lunatic59, after reading your post, and others, I thought it might have something to do with the battery condition. Some of the advice on this forum, although there is a lot of conflicting advice, suggests first charge should be for up to 12hrs and you should not use it at the same time. When I received my phone I immediately started to charge it but I did use it at the same time. I therefore thought this may have contributed to damaging the battery? So, I have now tried deep cycling as recommended by lunatic59, but unfortunately this does not appear to have helped! luncatic59 - How many times am I supposed to charge, reboot, then charge again?

Extremely frustrating ... From reading the forums online, I can see that there seems to be widespread battery issues with the international variant of the phone. In which case, might this be a fault with the firmware and am I best off waiting for Samsung to release a fix?

Does anyone else have any thoughts or suggestions please? Getting rather desperate and would really appreciate your help.

I've resorted to ordering a new battery just in case that's the problem, but I suspect it's not.

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You should only need to deep cycle the battery once.
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Deep cycle as suggested by lunatic unfortunately did not work. Any other suggestions please?
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You could install an app like watchdog lite to monitor your apps above see what its consuming your battery. Otherwise I'd suspect a bad battery.
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Also when checking for actual battery performance, try to keep wifi, bluetooth, GPS, mobile data and syn off. All can be turned off from notification menu
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That whole post seems somewhat outdated. I didn't do any of this except #1. Once you sign into Google, it will autmatically sync contacts and calendar. I then installed Amazon MP3 app and downloaded whatever songs I wanted from Amazon's Cloud. Same process with Audible content, Evernote, etc. I also use Documents To Go and it's matching desktop so that's an easy sync as well. I am yet to be convinced of the merits of an antivirus on a cell phone. Feel free to state your case.
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That whole post seems somewhat outdated. I didn't do any of this except #1. Once you sign into Google, it will autmatically sync contacts and calendar. I then installed Amazon MP3 app and downloaded whatever songs I wanted from Amazon's Cloud. Same process with Audible content, Evernote, etc. I also use Documents To Go and it's matching desktop so that's an easy sync as well. I am yet to be convinced of the merits of an antivirus on a cell phone. Feel free to state your case.
Well these are mainly for people buying a new mobile and it is not must as many people are having mobile for long time without changing anything other than adding phone numbers. Also reason for the tip is given as well .Take example of dropbox tip, you are getting 50GB free with S3 while normally upto 5 GB is free and for upgrade you have to pay monthly fee starting from $9.90
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Android saves battery statistics from the first time you turn it on, so if you had a few weeks of incremental charges and the phone reported a quick discharge, it will take a little longer for the stats to average out and give you a more accurate picture of your real battery life. It's better to get this data on a newer phone for better averaging, but you're okay doing it later, too.
Thanks. I wish I saw your post before I had my phone. Anyway, the battery life on my phone seems to have gotten better now. And I'm quite satisfied with it.
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