The Samsung Galaxy S3 managed to generate a lot of hype before and after its announcement thanks to a great spec sheet along with a slew of new features. On the left side is the volume rocker placed almost-perfectly for your left thumb or right middle finger, depending on which hand you hold the phone with.
Around back, at the top-middle is the camera, with the LED flash to the left of it and the speaker to the right. On the front, above the screen, is a multi-coloured notification LED, speaker, some sensors, and the front facing camera.
Samsung has decided to stick with their old configuration of hardware buttons instead of going for software buttons, or changing to the more Android 4.0-friendly (Ice Cream Sandwich and henceforth ICS) layout like HTC has with the One X, which is a shame.
For one, the Menu button isn’t always useful in ICS and is, as demonstrated by the One X, unnecessary. The S3 packs the Exynos 4212 Quad chipset, with a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A9 CPU and a Mali-400MP GPU. In our benchmarking tests, the S3 did very well, but failed to topple the HTC One X as the reigning champion. As can be expected from a Super AMOLED, the colours are bright and vibrant, while blacks are deep.
Up to 10 touch points can be detected, and touches and gestures were recognised with ease and few issues. The bundled headphones were good, but ours sounded a little hollow and the left earphone sat a bit loose and had a tendency to fall out when we moved around.
The Galaxy S3 has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of taking 3264×2448 still shots and 1080p video recordings at 30fps. Without beating around the bush, it takes amazing, high-detail photos and remarkably good videos. As can be expected from a smartphone camera, it does suffer in low light, but the flash is bright enough to light up everything within a few metres of the phone. The front side 1.9 megapixel camera can take 720p video at 30fps and is great for video calling, though it does suffer from noise in anything except brightly lit situations. In our video looping test (720p video at 65% brightness with WiFi and sync on) it managed to get around 6 hours before crying for its charger.
To say that there are lots of changes and additions to the software on the Galaxy S3 is probably understating it. A second problem is that the rippling water effect can be laggy at times, which is not a good way to start off a person’s interaction with the device.
The home screen has been customised to include up to seven screens, while the “Apps” launcher icon has been moved to the right of the bottom dock (which retains the ability to place any four icons or folders on it), and Samsung has seen fit to replace the default ICS folders with their own implementation of ugly manilla folders.
The launcher adds the ability to manually sort your apps (over just sorting them alphabetically) and also allows you to add folders to the launcher. The notifications pulldown has been customised to include the quick settings we’ve come to expect from TouchWiz. One of the more useful “Smart” features, is “Smart stay”, which disables the screen timeout if it detects that you’re still looking at the screen. Naturally, Samsung have made changes to the stock applications, and even added some of their own. Samsung have removed the stock calendar app and added their own, though instead of naming it something sensible, like “Calendar”, they’ve called it S Planner. Our review would be incomplete without at least mentioning S Voice – a feature which many are calling “Samsung’s Siri competitor”. S Voice’s recognition is good – it managed to make sense of some complicated queries, set alarms, and even opened up Google Navigation when asked to navigate somewhere, but there were occasions where we had to switch to a bad American accent for it to understand us.
The Galaxy S3 is available on a number of contracts, and carries a standalone RRP of R7,999, though prices are understood to be significantly lower. I have no doubt that the Galaxy S3 will sell well and that many people will be very happy with it. Ster-Kinekor has answered questions on how the weak rand will affect its annual price adjustments. Vodacom’s Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee, will leave the company at the end of July 2016.
In this latest installment of the series we will tackle some of the emails we have received from our readers concerning this device. If you own a Galaxy S3 or any other Android device for that matter then feel free to send us an email at [email protected]. Aside from sending us an email you may also reach us at our Facebook and Google+ social media accounts. Problem: I have accidentally deleted photos I took this weekend on my Samsung Galaxy s3 and I can’t find where the deleted files are cached. Solution: Once you delete a photo on your phone you won’t be able to access it again normally. Solution:  If your phone does not charge even if you have replaced the battery and the wall charger then there is a big possibility that the problem is with the charging port of your phone. If the problem still persists then you should bring your phone to an authorized service center for repair.
Solution: You should first verify if your SIM card is still working by inserting it in another phone. If you still get the same issue then try checking the SIM card holder for any signs of dirt, lint, or loose parts. Solution: This might be a software related problem which can be resolved by doing a factory reset.
Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, Power key.
When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
If the issue only occurs in one connection mode then the problem is caused by your connection.
If the replacement batteries go bad after using them for a short period of time then chances are the battery itself is faulty.
When the phone vibrates, let go of the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key. Solution: Several other Virgin Mobile S3 owners have also reported previously that the APN settings don’t exist on their phones. Another option for you is to contact the technical support team of Virgin Mobile and have the APN settings for your phone properly set.
One drastic approach which I hardly recommend is to reflash your phone with a different stock firmware that is known to have the APN settings.
Solution: There’s no way right now to automatically disable the rear camera and use the front camera except if you change the way the firmware of your phone works.
Problem: I would like to no how to get my pics and my music to download from my phone to my SD card. Solution: The easiest way to do this is to connect your phone to a computer using a USB cord.
Solution: The first thing that you need to make sure of is if your phone has sufficient power.


Solution: First make sure to enable your mobile data when sending or receiving picture messages. Solution: You need to have your charger port replaced first before any troubleshooting can be done.
Solution: Try clearing the cache of your email app first and see if this resolves the issue.
Solution: Since the S3 does not have any hardware based fingerprint scanner then this must be caused by an app that is installed in your phone. If in this mode the issue does not occur then find out what app is causing this and uninstall it from Safe Mode. Solution: I suggest doing a factory reset to clear out any corrupt data that may be causing this issue and to refresh your phone.
Feel free to send us your questions, suggestions and problems you’ve encountered while using your Android phone. I hope you find my personal opinion on the device useful and share with others considering the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The curved backing of the Samsung Galaxy S3 gives it a surprisingly comfortable feel in the hand. In terms of the buttons, I still have an issue with Samsung placing the power button where the thumb (for right handers) will naturally hold the phone.
Of course, to make this case look even more stylish, you may consider one of my Samsung Galaxy S3 Leather Cases! Just a little thing I noticed is that the Settings Lock Screen security page now tells you the level of security for various types of lock functions. The 1.4 GHz quad core processor ensures that the speed on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is unquestionably great.
As you’ve probably seen and realised, the camera function of the smartphone is quite important to me. As with the Galaxy Nexus, I found that the Galaxy S3 photos had a slight green tinge which was more noticeable in lowlight scenarios. The camera though is fast – I like the burst mode for taking action shots, especially of my active little daughters. I’m an avid hobby photographer so these camera points mean a big thing to me, since my iPhone has pretty much become my point and shoot camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is an awesome phone incorporating some much sought after improvements from its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S2. Most Search engines will give you different results for the same search (unless they are powered by the same search engine internally) because they use different algorithms.
Maybe you should ask your friends at Piper Jaffray to do an article comparing typed Google Search and S-Voice. Seems like Apple is the tall-poppy everyone is comparing everything else to even if it does not make sense. I’ve mentioned before that I prefer having the jack on the bottom, but let’s not make mountains out of molehills. It’s raised enough for you to easily find it and has a soft, but satisfying click when pressed. It doesn’t strike us as the best candidate for the job of protecting the delicate internals and it was a little overly fond of collecting micro scratches, fingerprints, and scuff marks. For another, pressing and holding the Home button to trigger the multitasking list feels slow and clunky when compared to the implementation on the Galaxy Nexus. Putting aside the arguments for and against the Pentile display for the moment, it is a great screen. It happened on more than one occasion that we thought it hadn’t detected the press, pressed the button again, and then irately watched as the screen flashed on and off.
One other complaint about the home screen is that it reloads often when returning to it from within an app. One other nifty feature we came across is that when headphones are plugged in, a quick menu pops up in the notification pulldown giving you access to some apps that may be useful, such as the music or video player. For those who put their phones face down or have them in their pockets, meaning that they won’t be able to see the flashing LED, there’s “Smart Alert”, which vibrates when you pick it up if you have missed notifications. In stock ICS, when you click on the “Tabs” icon, you are presented with a scrollable vertical list of tabs that can be closed with a swipe (similar to the multi-tasking menu). Swipe input is still available, but it has to be activated manually in the keyboard settings (check “Continuous Input”) and it doesn’t seem to always work. However, when asked questions like “What is the best smartphone”, it gave a message that it didn’t understand the query.
They’ve bundled so many extra features with the Galaxy S3 that just about everyone will find something useful, but unfortunately the rest of it will most like range from pointless to annoying.
Samsung have clearly put a lot of work into bringing a number of great features to the Galaxy S3, but there are also a number of issues. I also have no problems with recommending the Galaxy S3 as one of your top considerations for your next smartphone. Some of the issues are minor in nature while others, which are already hardware related, need to be sent to an authorized service center for repair. We will be more than happy to assist you with any concern that you may have with your device. You can try using some of the third party software solutions designed to recover such photos. I have been reading ur posts and tried all sorts, my phone is Samsung galaxy s3 which doesn’t seen to be charging anymore.
The appearance of the charging icon when you plug in the charger despite the fact that it is not charging at all is an indication that the charging port is already faulty.
There are cases when dirt or lint can interfere with the charging process and cause this issue. If the issue is the same while inserted in a different phone then you should get a new SIM. I’ve had my phone for about 3 years now and keep up with all the updates for my phone.
If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network then switch to your mobile data network and vice versa. The hardware components inside your phone are expected to have a lifespan of at least 10 years on average before they slowly deteriorate. There may be issues with the connection you are using which is why only a few photos are appearing. Check on the contacts again and if only some photos appear then proceed with wiping the cache partition of your phone then do a manual sync again. I have been having issues receiving mms, sometimes they work, sometimes they do not and it is driving me bonkers. A custom ROM must be created that will default to the front camera whenever the camera app is used.
Back up your phone data then do a factory reset Check and see if the issue still persists after the factory reset. It works great however, it will not let me send or receive pictures, see emoticons or even smileys nor attach a picture to an email.


If your mobile data is turned on and the issue still persists then contact Straight Talk and have the APN of your phone checked. There may be a shorted circuit in your phone due to this port which is causing your phone not to turn on anymore. Once I have read my emails I delete them from my inbox, and also delete from my deleted emails folder. Try to start your mode in Safe Mode and see if the phone will still ask for your fingerprint. As a leather case designer myself, I want people to be able to stand back at a distance and say, that’s an Aranez case. On the first day I had the Samsung Galaxy S3, even though I played with it intensively, it still had 45% of battery life after 8 hours. Helpful for newbies trying to understand the security implications of choosing a particular security option.
This means that they’ve tried to make the device more intuitive and natural to use via human movement and gestures. The non-US version uses a Wolfson audio chip (WM1811) that provides crystal-clear voice call quality and enriched audio playback for music and video while minimising power consumption. It just isn’t as good as the iPhone 4S when it comes to lowlight conditions and accurate display. No one seems to agree on which is better, and I’m thinking people are applying totally different standards. Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. Samsung have changed this to a scrollable horizontal list, ditched any swipe action, and added a “Close” button to the top right corner of each tab.
One noticeably irritating change is that the punctuation selector in the bottom right displays a popup that stays open even after a punctuation mark has been selected. Asking certain location questions, like “Where is the nearest petrol station” produced a result in New York. The hardware this phone uses is pretty decent and is even more powerful than most of the midrange models today.
You will need to install the software in your computer then connect your phone to it using a USB cord. I even got new battery new charger tried different wall sockets but my phone seems to just say charging and shows the charging symbol but doesn’t charge at all.
If however the SIM works fine then I suggest flashing back the original stock firmware of your phone. If the SIM holder shows signs of damage and can’t hold the SIM properly then you should have this part replaced. This is usually caused by data from the previous software version that has not been completely removed and is causing a conflict with the new software version. I use chompsms app as my default messaging system and within that app there is a settings option to adjust APN settings. Choose the files you wish to copy from the internal storage then paste them to the SD card. You should also try using a different USB cable and also perform the reflash using a different computer. I saw your post about the APN, when I followed the directions my phone does not have a section to change that. Samsung have achieved this and have done something different, and even with the Galaxy Nexus, I’ve always been a fan of the curved edges and back. One thing that I didn’t like was, not being able to use the camera when using PIN security.
I like the new motions that have been incorporated into the Samsung Galaxy S3 such as the phone-to-face voice dial when looking at a contact or reading an SMS.
One thing you take for granted is taking a photo, applying a filter then knowing that what you saw on your screen, will be exactly what others will see. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). At the bottom are four customisable icons that, when swiped, unlock the screen and directly launch the app. While it won’t be getting the official Lollipop upgrade from Samsung I’m sure several custom ROMs will be available based on the latest Android version. We however ask that when you do send us an email ty to be as detailed as possible so that an accurate assessment can be made and the correct solution can be given. In order for me to get it out of sleep mode is I have to take the battery out and reboot the phone. I picked it up and push the home button and i could see partial of my message on my home screen. The ceramic back look and feel and shining outline edging gives it a more stylish look than of the HTC One X, it’s major competitor at the moment. On the other hand, I’ve become quite used to the inbuilt sensor buttons on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
One of my favourites is how easily one can take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S3: by just swiping the side of your palm over the screen. I know it’s a lot to ask when you don’t have the device in front of you but do you have any idea what the likely problem is? I put it down for a while and when i picked it back up i could see a hot pink contrast and the bottom left corner was black. It now is doing that both if I try to access storage through settings and through my downloads section.
It’s a pity because spec-wise, the HTC One X is also a pacesetter, however the obvious plastic casing especially the matte plastic that outlines the display makes it quite dull to look at. The previous method of pressing the power button and the down volume control was almost impossible to execute without triggering either volume or power settings. I tried everything in your post, but I believe the problem is with the hardware.  While I was using the Facebook Messenger, I noticed that I could use the front camera through the app. If we were able to help you, please help us spread the word by sharing our posts with your friends. Funny how I’m finding myself, tap the bottom right hand corner on my iPhone 4S these days too.
While it’s nice to have a little bit more colour, when you take a photo on the Samsung Galaxy S3, it will look not look the same on non-Galaxy S3 devices. I bought a new battery just a few hours ago and i charged and put into that phone but still won’t turn on! Photos look washed out and no where near as having as much colour than on the Galaxy S3 screen. Big thumbs up to Samsung for paying close attention to what has been the bane of many smartphone users over the last couple of years.




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