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Old June 23rd, 2012, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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With all the concerns about errors and issues with the S3, I thought we could shift to a more positive focus. To that end, what's the coolest thing you've discovered with your S3 that you didn't know about before you got the phone?

For me, I was delighted to see that when you open the video player, the thumbnails for the videos are live: they all play a little loop from the video, all at once. It was a startling effect, and just goes to show the power of the processor, running eight simultaneous video loops at once.

What little thing did you find in your phone?

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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.
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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.
it does that? how come nobody say anything
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this is a cool thread,i had no idea about the briefing alarm.
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Not sure if this counts as I knew the Galaxy supported NFC, but I had no idea you could buy NFC tags to simplify tasks.
I use them everywhere now! They're so useful

As for the phone itself, I pretty much knew what to expect as I watched the introductory video and a bunch of others showing it off before I bought it.

It was a pleasant surprise to find out that smart stay works perfectly!
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Even thou I don't have mine yet, thanks to NZtechfreak YouTube video I know the SIII has more connectivity than I'll ever use. Flash drive, portable HD, controllers, etc! That's pretty cool.

Samsung Galaxy S3: Connectivity demo - USB OTG, MHL, bluetooth keyboards/mice, games controllers - YouTube
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A few tips that you may already know;

-Place a finger on the lock screen and turn the device to landscape for a shortcut to the camera.

-When viewing a text or contact and need to call that person just hold the phone up to your ear.

-PIP video viewing by tapping the box in the lower right corner of the video while playing.

-Swipe contact left to send a text, right to call.

That's my .02. Hopefully I'll have more to come.
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Not sure if this counts as I knew the Galaxy supported NFC, but I had no idea you could buy NFC tags to simplify tasks.
I use them everywhere now! They're so useful

As for the phone itself, I pretty much knew what to expect as I watched the introductory video and a bunch of others showing it off before I bought it.

It was a pleasant surprise to find out that smart stay works perfectly!

What app are u using? When I scan my wife's smart tags it just brings up a line of coding lol
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What app are u using? When I scan my wife's smart tags it just brings up a line of coding lol
NFC Task Launcher. Costs money but it's cheap, about 2 or something.
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For its it's the entire phone experience! Everything IMO is so fast and slick, I find myself just sitting looking at it.
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For its it's the entire phone experience! Everything IMO is so fast and slick, I find myself just sitting looking at it.
Same for me, it's the combination of features. It's so fast at everything and some of the new features are incredibly useful
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I can never get that camera shortcut to work from the lockscreen
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I can never get that camera shortcut to work from the lockscreen
Have you enabled it in settings > security > lock screen options?

You need to press and hold part of the screen then rotate fairly slowly into landscape mode. If you have a password set you still need to enter the code.
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I can never get that camera shortcut to work from the lockscreen
You have to press the home button to get the lock screen page to light up first, then press the screen and turn
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Not sure if this counts as I knew the Galaxy supported NFC, but I had no idea you could buy NFC tags to simplify tasks.
I use them everywhere now! They're so useful

As for the phone itself, I pretty much knew what to expect as I watched the introductory video and a bunch of others showing it off before I bought it.

It was a pleasant surprise to find out that smart stay works perfectly!
Can you give me an idea of the kinds of things you are using them for? Also, can you program one tag to do multiple tasks? For example, can you program a tag to turn on your bluetooth and then launch Slacker? That would be helpful in the car.

Thanks!
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Can you give me an idea of the kinds of things you are using them for? Also, can you program one tag to do multiple tasks? For example, can you program a tag to turn on your bluetooth and then launch Slacker? That would be helpful in the car.

Thanks!
Yeah one NFC tag can do multiple things.

I posted what I use them for in this thread:

NFC tags. What do "you" use them for?

If you buy some make sure you don't buy "Ultralight" tags as they only support tags about 40 bytes in length which isn't long enough to do much. NTAG203 ones have the best range and support about 150 bytes, which is plenty for what I need them for!
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I like being able to take a picture by saying a word, that's really cool.
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I like being able to take a picture by saying a word, that's really cool.
How do you do that? Holy crap. Its going to take me until my NEXT two-year upgrade to learn all the features on this phone. I can't wait to get it!
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Settings>language and input>voice command for apps>camera

You can also answer and reject calls w/voice
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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!
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I really hope I end up with this phone.
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I really hope I end up with this phone.
I hope so as well, it truly is the bees knees.
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Thanks, OP. Very cool thread. Keep'em coming, I should have my new phone any time now :-)
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Great thread. I wish there were more of these. Too many "issue" threads. The phone is amazing. We should celebrate it.
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Definitely keeping an eye on this thread while I impatiently wait for my S III from VZW. Lots of really cool features on here I had no idea about.
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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.
where oh where do I turn on such a cool feature?
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When creating a new alarm or changing am existing one, look for "alarm type" my and change that to briefing.
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Love the palm swipe for screen shot, so much easier than 2 buttons at once
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How do you enable the video preview in gallery? Mine doesn't seem to be doing it
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How do you enable the video preview in gallery? Mine doesn't seem to be doing it
It's not in gallery that it does that. It's when you open the Video Player app.
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Another cool thing: creating custom vibration patterns for each contact. The interface for doing this is just perfect!

Also, taking a picture by voice is really handy, since you can steady the camera with both hands and tell the camera when to shoot.
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Another cool thing: creating custom vibration patterns for each contact. The interface for doing this is just perfect!

Also, taking a picture by voice is really handy, since you can steady the camera with both hands and tell the camera when to shoot.
I was struggling for a scenario where that would be useful but think you hit the nail on the head
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I was struggling for a scenario where that would be useful but think you hit the nail on the head
Just think of it as a wireless remote for the camera...
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There are several that I really like...

but here are a few winners...

my favorite is pinch to zoom in calendar to view: week, day or month year :-D

plus new calendar widget = awsome calendar.

second one is taking pictures while filming... That is just very handy.
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I was really impressed with the Panorama camera mode (accessed by setting your Shooting mode to Panorama). It enables you to pan while the camera snaps photos to create stitched together panoramic photos.

I know other apps on the market have done this, but the photos I've taken are practically seamless and look awesome.

A word to the Instant Uploaders (G+ Instant Upload): These photos do not get resized to have their max length be 2048, so panoramic photos DO NOT get attributed to your Picasa/Google free unlimited storage.
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What app are u using? When I scan my wife's smart tags it just brings up a line of coding lol
Samsung has a free app for this on the Google Play market. No need to pay for it.
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I also like the picture while getting videos. Also supposedly you can shout to your alarm while it is playing and it stops if you activate the voice commands. And in camera mode you can say cheese and capture to take pics (as has been said). used it a few times while taking pictures with both hands. I did hope nobody was listening lol
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A well documented feature, but the live backgrounds are really cool, I use the windmills displaying the current weather conditions (at the moment it's raining and there's water drops coming down the screen) also darkens at dusk/night etc. Pretty cool, also you can have the background rolling through news topics of your choice.
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I've never used Live Backgrounds on my previous phones, as I've always been concerned about battery life.
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I've never used Live Backgrounds on my previous phones, as I've always been concerned about battery life.
I wonder how much battery can be saved by changing the background to a still picture.
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I wonder how much battery can be saved by changing the background to a still picture.
Not that much, I imagine... unless you spend a lot of time looking at your home screens. Using an app like OS Monitor, you can see how much cpu each process uses, and unless you are looking at the home screen, a live wallpaper uses 0% cpu in the background.

And in comparison with the energy used by the display itself whilst it is on, it is probably negligible. It depends of course on the demands of the live wallpaper chosen.
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I wonder how much battery can be saved by changing the background to a still picture.
On most phones it's noticeable. While the GPU can take care of most live wallpaper rendering tasks, which is generally pretty battery efficient and leaves the CPU free so your phone stays responsive, it still impacts battery life somewhat. How much will depend on how dark of a live wallpaper it is (thanks to AMOLED tech) and how much screen on time you regularly subject your phone to.
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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.
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The 'Play Movies' app is great if you have a Samsung TV hooked up to your wifi router.

You get a little symbol in the top left hand corner that when you tap it the video is automatically shown on the big screen!
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Settings>language and input>voice command for apps>camera

You can also answer and reject calls w/voice
Cant seem to get the answer and reject calls to work with voice command to work when enabled.

any ideas why?
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I like the "Restart" options in the power Device Option dialog box.
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Settings>language and input>voice command for apps>camera

You can also answer and reject calls w/voice
i dont understand this feature or how to use it ... can somebody explain
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