If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably tied down to a contract for a few years and aren’t able, either through choice or finances, to jump on board a brand new phone every time one is announced. If you’re like me, you probably still have the flagship model from last year, or even a few years ago, still kicking around. As such, we take a look on you can make your Samsung Galaxy S3, which is still a great phone, awesome again.
Sure, it’s no Galaxy S4, Nexus 5, or HTC One, but the Galaxy S3 still remains a ridiculously popular phone that many people use. As such, we’re taking a look into a few peripherals and apps you can grab to help make your Galaxy S3 top dog again.
Get yourself a Muse
Want to go for a run or a drive while listening to music, but don’t want to have to drag your smartphone around with you? Instead of lugging around your Galaxy S3, grab yourself a Samsung Muse. Plug it into your phone and it does the rest on its own with the aid of a companion app available in the Google Play Store, transferring over music to the pebble shaped device without having to use WiFi or Bluetooth. As well, the entire device is touch-sensitive and all commands are done with light taps. Long battery life and an affordable price makes this a must have accessory for your Galaxy S3.
Control the LED
By grabbing the app Light Flow, you can take advantage of the Galaxy S3 and its multicolor front-facing LED. By using this app, you can customize what kind of notification color gets attached the what kind of action. Want it to light up blue when you get an e-mail? How about yellow for when you get a text message? Easy peasy. This is an awesome way to get noticeable notifications without having to rely on a sound or vibration. Light Flow is available for $2.49 on the Google Play Store.
Turn it into a gaming device
Of course, you can easily grab a ton of emulators for any Android device. One of the downfalls behind this, is the lack of physical buttons. Sure, I love being able to bust old school console games whenever I please, but I can’t ever get into the swing of a game with having to use a touchscreen as a controller. However, if you grab the official OTG USB cable from Samsung, you can connect a controller to your device. Voila. You’ve got yourself a nostalgia gaming powerhouse wherever you go.
Sure, this isn’t unique to the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it applies. By using Tasker, you can turn your Galaxy S3 into an automated beast. While on the surface, it doesn’t look like it can do much, under the hood it’s a completely different beast. You can have Tasker perform some crazy functions, such as changing data and connections settings based on time of day or apps. So, if you want to turn off data or WiFi during the night, Tasker will do this automatically. Maybe you want to have GPS off unless you’ve opened up the Google Maps app? Tasker can do that too.
Treat yourself to a new case
Okay. This one really doesn’t have much to do with helping your device keep up with devices nowadays, but a new case can give your phone a new look. With the new materials that Motorola has been exploring with their Moto X, it seems that wood is the way to go. Thankfully, there are a ton of merchants (such as carved.com) offering wooden styled cases that you can choose from in a variety of colors and woods. Bring a little bit of class to your device.
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