Samsung's Galaxy S4 is practically a heartbeat way from being unleashed but many of the over 40 million owners of its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, will likely stick with this proven winner of a handset for a bit more time.
To make your S3 moments more enjoyable, while you mull for a possible jump on the S4 bandwagon to unravel soon, we've listed some tips that in the end could convince you to think twice before ditching the trusty gadget.
Smart screen display behaviour
This feature has been overemphasised in numerous Samsung campaign pitch - the S3 screen will only go dark when you're not looking. You'll find this handy while admiring a photo or reading an eBook without touching the phone screen.
But you need to enable this function by heading to this route: Settings>Display>Smart Stay.
Reading documents on the Galaxy S3 is a smart choice, Samsung would say, which is a feature that users would mostly appreciate on files with stretches of text. You do not need to scroll down furiously in order to pull up the top portion of the 'paper' you are on. A quick double-tap will do and presto you're back on top.
To turn this on: Settings>Motion>Double Tap to Top.
More convenient call features
Hate interruptions during meets? Simply turn over your S3 and all calls will be put through silently, even minus the annoying vibration. You can elect to dispatch a companion message with this feature just to assure your callers that you'll get back to them soon.
To try this on: Settings>Motion>Turn Over to Mute/Pause.
You can also return a missed call or contact a text sender in a jiffy by programming your S3 to automatically dial the number of a message or a contact once the details are in your phone screen.
To do this: tap on Setting>Motion>Direct Call.
And if you prefer, end all calls by pressing the Power Button, which when rightly configured doubles as your End Call button without powering down the handset.
To enable: Settings>Accessibility>The Power Button Ends Calls>Toggle On.
Other cool stuffs
Set up the S3 to hum away with your voice commands, allowing you to unlock the phone, pull up the camera viewfinder and more. Tap Settings>Lock Screen>Lock Screen Options>Wake Up in Lock Screen to enjoy this unique serving.
Stay in touch on updates of your choice by allowing Twitter or Facebook to feed information to your phone's locked screen. To enable: Settings>Lock Screen Options>Information ticker.
Pull up the camera window even on locked screen by going to Settings>Lock Screen>Lock Screen Options>Camera Quick Access. To launch, tap and hold the S3's locked screen in portrait mode and rotate it to landscape.
Call up the Google Now serving of the S3 by pressing its Home button for a second. Instantly you'll get loads of info that make your Samsung phone a viable PDA alternative. Now this function is hardwired to the Galaxy S3 so no setting manipulation is required.
And if you wish to use the S3 much longer than its normal behaviour dictates, tinker with its various Power Saving menu by exploring deeper into Settings>Power Saving Mode>Toggle On. There, you can pick out on modes that best fist your manner of smartphone usage.
Bottomline is, your Galaxy remains highly competitive even when pitted with the best 2013 smartphone lineup, including its Samsung replacement - the Galaxy S4.
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