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Samsung Galaxy S3: Top 10 Tips and Tricks

Steven Blum

When the Galaxy S3 was first announced, we were quick to heap praise on its slim profile, stunning display and fast processor. We even talked about a few of its features, like Pop-Up Play, which seemed fairly innovative. But there were a whole lot of awesome features that somehow got lost in the press blitz. Here are a few great Galaxy S3 features you may or may not know about. 

Get a Daily Briefing

If you're a news junkie like me, maybe you wish you could know the day's top stories even before you make it out of bed. With this feature, your phone will read to you the day's main headlines, the weather, and any appointments you may have lined up. Just go to "Alarm types," then change it to "briefings." 

Lock Your Video

By now, you probably know about the Galaxy S3's Pop-Up Play feature, which allows you to drag the video your watching over any other app and multitask like a fiend. But you probably didn't know that the Galaxy S3 also has a video screen locking feature which allows you to lock a video so that it's impossible to stop if you accidentally touch the screen. You can lock the video simply by pressing the power button once it's begun.

Use Your Ears

If you've ever wished taking a call could be a bit simpler, you should check out this feature. Using Motion Control, you can place or answer a call simply by moving your phone to your head — the most natural movement ever. You can also reject calls by swiping your hand above the phone's screen. 

Silence Music with Your Palm

Alternately, you can pause a track simply by covering the Galaxy S3 with the palm of your hand. This can be switched on or off in the Motion section of the Settings menu. 

Control Your Camera with Your Voice

Taking a group photo is inherently frustrating. The camera's countdown clock is always too fast or too slow and you miss out on capturing the perfect moment. But with the Galaxy S3, all you have to do is shout "shoot" at your phone and it'll take the photo. Sure you'll look a bit unhinged, but it's better than taking a blurry, dull photo.

Set Custom Vibrations

Custom ringtones are great when you want to know who's calling, but what about when you need your phone to stay silent? Luckily, the Galaxy S3 allows you to set custom vibrations for different people, so that you can still tell who's calling even when your phone is in silent mode.

Save Your Screen

Lots of phones make it easy to take a screenshot but the Galaxy S3 is arguably the easiest. All you need to do is swipe the screen with your palm. That's it.

Call Everyone You Know

Give the Galaxy S3 a double tap on the top, next to the headphone socket, with your finger to scroll to the top of your contact list, email list or email messages. Tap to top can be switched on and off in the Motion section of the settings menu.

Boost the Volume

If you can't hear someone over the phone, the Galaxy S3 has a clever way of helping you out. If you've maxed out on your phone's volume, you can add extra volume via a button that appears on your screen, next to the contact phone. 

Optimize Call Quality

This is one of the most interesting features of the Galaxy S3; the phone offers a personalized call-equalization setting which tests each of your ears with a range of tones and frequencies to see how well you hear them. It then created a customized EQ curve for each ear, allowing you to hear your calls as clearly as possible. You can improve the Galaxy S3's call quality by going to settings –> call sound EQ settings –> personalized EQ.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    I'm hoping to see all those features and more in the Note 2.

  • Allan Lariviere Sep 6, 2012 Link

    People around the world by now have the Galaxy S3. If you are going to write a tips and tricks blurb, make sure that it is useful for all the S3 phones, not just the European one, or at least tell us which ones will apply to which phone. The above tip on Optimize Call Quality is not applicalbe to the US/Canada version carrying ICS operating system. Either that of it is a not very well written article, buecause there is no ettings –> call sound EQ settings –> personalized EQ.