Friday, August 3, 2012
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Many of the cool features on the Galaxy S III are only available if the security settings allow it. It’s a tug-of-war between which is better, convenience or security. You can customize the security to unlock with a pattern swipe. This is actually the most secure of the unlock features. And you can make that pattern a little more secure by going to Settings >> Security >> and turning off the Make Pattern Visible feature. There is a Face Unlock and Voice Unlock feature, but half the time the your face isn’t recognized and if someone has a similar voice to yours, your Galaxy S III opens wide for them.
Motions and Gestures
The Samsung Galaxy S III has all the usual features of the Android Smartphones. For example, “pinch to zoom,” “flick to scroll,” and “tap and hold to drag.” There are also some pretty cool motions and gestures that come with the Galaxy S III. Go to Settings >> Motion if you want to activate them. According to the review by Simon Hill, Digital Trends, “Options include a vibration when you pick the phone up to indicate you’ve missed a message or call, shake to update your email list, turn over face down to mute, and sweep your hand across the screen to capture a screenshot. There are quite a few other options. Particularly handy is the ability to tap and hold the screen when it’s locked and rotate to landscape to launch the camera (only available with screen lock set to swipe). You can also call someone when you are viewing a call or a message from them, or if you’re viewing their contact details just hold the phone up to your ear.”
All the usual Android Smartphone options are available. However, there are a few extras that may like as well. You can customize the lock screen to open with what you want readily available. Options include shortcuts, quick camera access, clock, weather, plus a few more. You can also set a Wake-up Command option at the bottom of your Lock Screen. Tap and hold icons from the apps or widgets screens to drop them on a home screen. You can also long press on a space to change the wallpaper or create a folder.
By going to Settings >> Display, you can change the options and also change the default font style or size if you wish. Choose the Smart Stay option in the Display options and your Galaxy S III will check to see if you are watching the screen before it times out. If you want to play around with the color saturation, go to the Screen Mode to change it.
By default, your Galaxy S III is noisy. Every time you touch the screen it makes a sound. Go to Settings >> Sound >> Touch Sounds. You can choose when you want sounds to play and how much vibration feedback you want, if any. If you go to Device Vibrations, you can actually create your own vibration pattern. According to Simon Hill’s article, “There are a range of sounds to choose from in Default Notifications and you’ll find a few ringtones in Default Ringtones. The chances are good that you’ll want to use your own sounds and ringtones. It’s easy to set a general ringtone, a ringtone for a specific contact, or an alarm. Just find the track you want and long press until the menu pops up. Select Set as and choose Phone Ringtone, Caller Ringtone, or Alarm Ringtone. If you pick Caller Ringtone you’ll be taken to your list of contacts to select one. If you want to set your own notification ringtone for the Samsung Galaxy S3 then you will need to put the track or sound you want in the right folder. Go to Apps >> My Files and then navigate to wherever you put the file you want to use. Long press on it and choose Copy or Move then go to Apps >> My Files >> SDcard >> Media >> Audio >> Notifications and click Done at the top right to place it. Now when you go to Settings >> Sound > Default Notifications you should see it in the list.”
There is a Power Saving Option to help prolong your Samsung Galaxy S III battery life. Go to Settings >> Power Saving and it will allow you to limit the CPU performance, reduce frame rate and brightness, change background color and brightness, and turn off hepatic feedback. You tradeoff having your phone perform at top level or prolonging the charge on the battery. You can also view the battery percentage at this same setting.
Double tapping the home button bring up S-Voice. If you ask, “What can I say?” you will get a whole plethora of things you can do: You can call people, check the weather, schedule events in your calendar, dictate text messages, play music, and more.
Unlimited data plans are pretty much a thing of the past. You can take advantage of the ability to set data limits on your new Samsung Galaxy S III. Go to Settings >> Data Usage >> and tick the Set Mobile Data Limit. You can change the time frame to match your billing period and then check back later to see which apps are drawing the data and how much you have left.
There are some more options you can change on your Galaxy S III, but I have rambled on enough. If you have the new Samsung Galaxy S III, you are probably the envy of all your friends.
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