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  1. cmusciano

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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. :p
     
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    it does that? how come nobody say anything
     
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    It's the new galaxy, go discover. :D
     
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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 :D

    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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    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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    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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    NFC Task Launcher. Costs money but it's cheap, about
     
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    The Dog Pound.
    For its it's the entire phone experience! :p Everything IMO is so fast and slick, I find myself just sitting looking at it.
     
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    Same for me, it's the combination of features. It's so fast at everything and some of the new features are incredibly useful :D
     
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    I can never get that camera shortcut to work from the lockscreen :thinking:
     
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    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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    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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    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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    Yeah one NFC tag can do multiple things.

    I posted what I use them for in this thread:

    http://androidforums.com/showthread.php?t=570565

    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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    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 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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