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Old July 2nd, 2012, 04:33 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Still making my mind up to whether S Voice is actually worth bothering with...

Here's your chance to list some cool stuff you've managed to do with it!

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If I try really hard I can actually get it to do what it's supposed to :-P
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How is the sound quality through headphones?
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While I don't have mine yet, I'm pumped to try out these:

Shake to search for Bluetooth Devices.
Double tap the top of the phone to get to the top of a list (ie Contacts).

If you want to just go to the source, you can read about all the features here: http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201206/20120619155959211/GT-I9300_UM_EU_Icecream_Eng_Rev.1.0_120619_Screen.pdf
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Hold down menu key for search. From an idle screen, pulls up Google Search. In apps that would react to a press of the search key (magnifying glass) it will launch their search.
This has addressed one rather nagging peeve of mine. I've always loved having the search button and its omission on this phone was perplexing. This solution is perfectly acceptable, though. Long press menu for standard search and double-press the home button for voice search. Thanks for that.
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This has addressed one rather nagging peeve of mine. I've always loved having the search button and its omission on this phone was perplexing. This solution is perfectly acceptable, though. Long press menu for standard search and double-press the home button for voice search. Thanks for that.
I don't think I've ever once used the search button on my Droid X. I don't know why but in almost 2 years I've always just tapped my Google icon on my home screen. I certainly won't miss it when my SGS3 finally decides to show up. But since it's just a habit with the DX I'm sure I'll develop countless new habits with the SGS3.

I went from the most basic of flip phones to the DX and it was quite a bit to learn. I managed just fine but it didn't come overnight. With all of the amazing features of the SGS3 it looks like going from DX to SGS3 will be almost as big of a step as going from a crappy flip phone to the (Then) Android flagship.

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I use the search button extensively, but never from the home screen. Always from within applications. It's like tapping F3.
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I don't think I've ever once used the search button on my Droid X. I don't know why but in almost 2 years I've always just tapped my Google icon on my home screen. I certainly won't miss it when my SGS3 finally decides to show up. But since it's just a habit with the DX I'm sure I'll develop countless new habits with the SGS3.

I went from the most basic of flip phones to the DX and it was quite a bit to learn. I managed just fine but it didn't come overnight. With all of the amazing features of the SGS3 it looks like going from DX to SGS3 will be almost as big of a step as going from a crappy flip phone to the (Then) Android flagship.

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Different strokes, I guess. I like that with the Android phones, no matter what you are doing, there is a menu button, a back button, and a search button that are relevant to the task you are performing. It is one fewer icon/widget that you have to put on your home-screen, too.
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Double tap the top of the phone to get to the top of a list (ie Contacts).
While I find this works quite well, I was disappointed that it only works in a couple of places, one being the contacts. I would be more impressed and actually likely to use it if it worked in the browser (stock or Chrome) or apps like Facebook or Twitter.

I found a nice feature yesterday by accident, not sure if it's S3 specific or Android/ICS as a whole - When in a full screen app, swipe from the top of the screen to view the status bar and be able to pull it down to view notifications.
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I found a nice feature yesterday by accident, not sure if it's S3 specific or Android/ICS as a whole - When in a full screen app, swipe from the top of the screen to view the status bar and be able to pull it down to view notifications.

Really? I'm looking forward to that. I have a few apps on my Dx that don't give me access to my status bar. I've never understood that reasoning behind this as it's really inconvenient sometimes. This will be a very welcome feature when the magic delivery day finally arrives...

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Is there a way to remove the "Swipe screen to unlock" text from the opening screen?
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Use widget locker.
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Settings, security ,lockscreen options and untick "Help text"
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Settings, security ,lockscreen options and untick "Help text"
Thanks Shotgun, you made my day!

I did that on my 1st GS3 probably to a prior post you made but returned that phone due to a connectivity issue and after about 2 hours haven't been able to duplicate the procedure until your above post.

Thanks again and a Happy 4th wished you!
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To be able to hide and unhide apps in the app drawer.
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Bought the phone a couple of days ago. So far, here are the features I've discovered that are worth mentioning:

1. The phone has granted me 3 wishes.
2. The 1st wish gave me the ability to fly, much like the phone with it's no lagging features and super fast processor.
3. The 2nd wish allowed me to cause all Apple brand devices to crash whenever my S3 would detect Apple products within it's vicinity.
4. The last and final wish was the ability to make further wishes, which in turn, allowed me to fall in love deeper with my SGS3.*

Oh ya, if you hold both of your fingers on a picture within the gallery, you can hold the phone away or towards you and it'll zoom in or out. Pretty cool feature. Give it a go!

*Those wishes will remain undisclosed.
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Oh ya, if you hold both of your fingers on a picture within the gallery, you can hold the phone away or towards you and it'll zoom in or out. Pretty cool feature. Give it a go!
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Oh ya, if you hold both of your fingers on a picture within the gallery, you can hold the phone away or towards you and it'll zoom in or out. Pretty cool feature. Give it a go!
My Droid X kinda works like that now...Only I don't have to touch it with two fingers. I just hold it in one hand and if I move the phone closer or farther away from my face the image zooms in or out. If I get someone else to hold the phone even farther away the image zooms way out. The DX was way ahead of it's time.

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Another cool feature....when on menu screen hold and zoom out that can rearrange your menu screens also works on widgets...)))
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I really like the "traffic" widget. You enter whatever destination you want (home, work), and when activated, it will give you a red, yellow or green light, with a predicted travel time to your destination. Very cool, especially if you travel around your town a lot.
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I really like the "traffic" widget. You enter whatever destination you want (home, work), and when activated, it will give you a red, yellow or green light, with a predicted travel time to your destination. Very cool, especially if you travel around your town a lot.
What do the different colors indicate?

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how good or bad the traffic is!
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how good or bad the traffic is!
I wonder what they use as a standard for that one. Bad traffic for my town is nothing compared to that of a big city. Having lived and commuted in several large metro areas I can say that sitting still on a freeway for a minute or two would only count as a yellow where in my current town on only about 100K people it would be justification for abandoning your vehicle and just walking.

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Another pretty cool feature - you can create your own vibration type for any occasion, click on Sounds>Device vibration>Create(at the bottom)

i find it cool
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How is the sound quality through headphones?
Sound quality is amazing with the included ear bug. It stays in place and generates great bass too. I'm loving it.
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I really like the "traffic" widget. You enter whatever destination you want (home, work), and when activated, it will give you a red, yellow or green light, with a predicted travel time to your destination. Very cool, especially if you travel around your town a lot.
That's been a feature of Google maps for a long time.
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Just started playing around with my GS3 that arrived today, and one of the neatest little touches is the slightly curved edges of the screen. It makes swiping to the edge a lot easier.

That may change when I get a case on the phone though.
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Just started playing around with my GS3 that arrived today, and one of the neatest little touches is the slightly curved edges of the screen. It makes swiping to the edge a lot easier.

That may change when I get a case on the phone though.
The glass is really nice and I too love the curved edges.
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The screen feels and looks amazing. I almost don't want to put a screen protector on it but I know I will.
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Is the screen gorilla screen? If it is, you dont need any protector on it.
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Is the screen gorilla screen? If it is, you dont need any protector on it.
Either you're joking or this is bait, right?

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I don't see anything funny or anything to bait you with. Just Google gorilla glass and you shall learn.

I never use any screen protector since the nexus one.

Found this link confirmed s3 has gorilla glass screen
Corning confirms Gorilla Glass on the Samsung Galaxy S3 | Ubergizmo
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I don't see anything funny or anything to bait you with. Just Google gorilla glass and you shall learn.

I never use any screen protector since the nexus one.

Found this link confirmed s3 has gorilla glass screen
Corning confirms Gorilla Glass on the Samsung Galaxy S3 | Ubergizmo
I know all about Gorilla Glass. I've seen the videos, read the hype, have experience with several phones that have it. And I have also read of quite a few accounts of people getting scratches on the Gorilla Glass equipped phone. This has been discussed at length and it's an absolute FACT that there are relatively common elements that will and does scratch it. Sand is the primary example. It's harder than GG and even just a few grains in your pocket can scratch it. The videos you've seen where people are abusing the GG with knives, pens, etc. are misleading because those items are made of materials softer than the GG. It's surprising that you're a "Senior Member" on this forum and have never seen this discussed before. Do whatever you want but when you advise people that they don't need a screen protector because of GG then you are giving false information. Lots of people get away with not using a screen protector on GG but quite a few have found out the hard way that it doesn't protect from everything. Good luck with that.

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The screen feels and looks amazing. I almost don't want to put a screen protector on it but I know I will.
I hear ya. I got the Zagg HD screen protector but have not put it on yet. Hate to lose any of the screen greatness, but I guess better safe than sorry.
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Hey guys, one other cool feature I've found is say you are in a full screen mode( say playing a game) drag your right side of the screen( not on landscape) and notification bar will appear so its very useful
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I agree with LunchBB about using a screen protector. I always had a screen protector on my DX but I found that I was always having to go to the Zagg store to get it replaced because it kept peeling off in one place or another. It was always free except for the $5 to have them put it on. I'm learning that a screen protector is more of a preference or safety net to help you feel better. However, screen durability has been addressed with GG. Can it get scratched? Yes, but only so slightly. With a screen protector you lose some of that smoothness which is really nice with a phone this nice, fast and responsive. I absolutely love the curve of the glass on the edges. The phone just feels soooo nice in your hands and it feels great to slide your fingers over the glass with absolutely NO drag whatsoever. I've decided to not put on a screen protector. I did do a minimal hard plastic case that, when the phone is face down, keeps the glass off the table.

Screen protectors are a personal preference and I've come to realize that, while they do offer a level of protection, there are sacrifices that come with it. Sacrifices that I don't think are worth it. GG is plenty durable enough for our daily lives. Besides, I think you can buff out scratches in the glass. If I'm wrong on that would someone please correct me. And scratches from sand would be so minor you wouldn't see them with the glass that close to the actual screen that is producing the colors and light.

Just my $.02
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Eh, I've had my DX in my pocket daily for almost two years without a screen protector and haven't gotten a scratch yet.

But this is the wrong thread for the screen protector discussion.
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At the end of the day, it all depends on how you take care if your gear. Even with gorilla glass, still have take care of it. Same thing for screen protector.
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How about talk and surf the web at 4G speeds. I've been waiting 2 years to rub that in you know iWho's faces.
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Old July 7th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #141 (permalink)
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I just discovered the briefing setting in the alarm clock. It plays your alarm ringtone for a few seconds and then computer reads the current time, current weather and the day's forecast, any appointments you have that day, and the top news headline. Reminds me of the first Iron Man movie when JARVIS pops online in the morning to tell Tony the time and current surfing conditions.

This "briefing" alarm is the coolest thing I've ever experienced on a phone (so far). Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
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Old July 7th, 2012, 09:28 PM   #142 (permalink)
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How about talk and surf the web at 4G speeds. I've been waiting 2 years to rub that in you know iWho's faces.
The speed is just amazing. I am in Boston this week and am regularly getting over 40 mbps down and 10 mbps up on AT&T.
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Old July 7th, 2012, 09:43 PM   #143 (permalink)
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Besides, I think you can buff out scratches in the glass. If I'm wrong on that would someone please correct me. And scratches from sand would be so minor you wouldn't see them with the glass that close to the actual screen that is producing the colors and light.

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Maybe?

That said, a scratched screen of any type would drive me nuts.....

I put screen protectors on any 'touch' device I buy just because a screen protector is a lot easier to replace than a screen and personally don't find them intrusive (if you buy a good quality one).

In the end as long as people know the risks (e.g. Gorilla glass can be scratched), I could care less whether they use a protector or not (e.g. personal choice).
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Old July 7th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #144 (permalink)
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The most impressive feature to me is AllShare Play. I know Samsung have or are working on AllShare Control . It would be nice if they could make it so you could turn off your computer over WiFi.
Apparently they do not have the software available for MAC on this allshare site. It started downloading an .exe file and mac's do not use .exe files.
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I like that when I am connected to my home network the phone automatically searches for computers and displays thumbnails of pictures and music on those computers so I can surf those pics and play music from the phone itself.

ALSO, I noticed the "bluray" player that popped up when I was in the music player, when I clicked it the song from my phone automatically started playing thru my bluray surround system... I didn't have to do anything else. This kinda took me by surprise because I was used to it with my apple tv and ipad but this had no setup to do, it was all automatic!
How do you see the thumbnails of pics and music on your computer, allshare?
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When creating a new alarm or changing am existing one, look for "alarm type" my and change that to briefing.
Is there a way to disable an alarm? On my EVO, I could set up multiple alarms and enable/disable them as I wanted to. I don't see any way to disable alarms. When I'm on vacation or a day off, I don't want to have to delete an entire alarm to keep it from going off.
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I realized using voice to take photo is more gimmick than real practical use. It's cool to tell you friends you can say "smile" to take picture. But in real life, it happened several times the place is noisy. I keep saying "smile" and it won't fire the picture. I look like an idiot. My friend wonder does he really have to "smile" too in order for the camera to take that picture :/
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Is there a way to disable an alarm?
Yep! In your list of alarms, click the green alarm clock icon. It will turn white to indicate it's disabled.
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I realized using voice to take photo is more gimmick than real practical use. It's cool to tell you friends you can say "smile" to take picture. But in real life, it happened several times the place is noisy. I keep saying "smile" and it won't fire the picture. I look like an idiot. My friend wonder does he really have to "smile" too in order for the camera to take that picture :/
C'mon....it's a phone - with a recorder waiting for your commands!!! If you're in a noisy enviroment, it stands to reason it's not going to make out your voice over all the other noises going on...but it's never let me down in normal enviroments so far!!!

If you're in a pub/club that's bangin'......take the pic as you would on any other (i)phone.....

And by the way...(try SHOOT or CAPTURE....you might have more success...)
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C'mon! I wasn't talking about extremely noisy environment like in a bar. I was wanting to show off this feature yesterday at a Mcdonald. I tried smile, capture and shoot. None will fire off the camera. It makes me look like an idiot. but when I tried it at home last night, of course it works.
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