Yesterday we took a look at the Samsung Galaxy S III user’s digest and today we are going to go over our 5 favorite new features that can be found on our new favorite phone!
1. Notification LED
Ever since I moved on from my HTC G1, I have missed its dear little notification LED. Samsung chose to go without the LED for the past 2 years but now they’ve finally decided to add it to the Galaxy S III! The GS3’s notification LED, like the Galaxy Nexus’, is hidden when not turned on which keeps the phone’s smooth lines.
The LED is also intelligent and will glow different colors based on what information it is displaying:
- Persistent Red: Charging
- Blinking Red: Low battery or charging error
- Green: Fully Charged
- Blue animated: Booting
- Blinking Blue: Missed notification
2. Smart Stay
You know how you set your screen timeout really short in order to save battery life, but hate it when it shuts off while you are still using your phone? Samsung has though of an ingenius way to end your woes!
Using the front facing camera, your GS3 can keep track of your eyes, and will prevent itself from timing out when you are looking at the screen. Find out how you can get Smart Stay even if you don’t have a Galaxy S III.
Samsung’s upgrade to the Nature UX has brought significant levels of improvement to the TouchWiz experience. A customizable lock screen has always been high on my wish list of upgrades for TouchWiz and they’ve finally arrived on the Galaxy S III:
Picture-in-picture was once a classic way to keep track of two sporting events at one time, but with Tivo, YouTube and timeshifting in general, we haven’t put much thought into it. Samsung decided that this idea wasn’t merely novel, but useful, so they created Pop-up Play:
Now you can continue watching your favorite videos even while texting!
5. News Wallpaper
Samsung decided to emancipate the news widget from its container and has made it appear directly on your homescreen via live wallpaper.
Samsung also lets you display a stock ticker straight to your wallpaper, giving your phone some unique pizzazz while also being informative!
6. Personalized Call EQ
Samsung’s comprehensive software suite is not just limited to the UI, they also specialize in audio interfacing. If you remember back to the original Galaxy S, they have been including SRS 5.1 surround on their Galaxy devices for quite some time now.
Samsung has now extended their audio equalization from music and movies, to in-call sound settings. Using a diagnostic test, your Galaxy S III can optimized the sound output for your personal listening needs. Using this test, your phone will automatically adjust your calls EQ settings to offer the best voice quality and clarity during a call.
7. Pocket Call Volume
Ever hate how you can’t hear your phone when its in your pocket and you it’s even mildly noisy? Apparently so did Samsung.
You can set your Galaxy S III to detect when it’s been pocketed, and will automatically ring extra loud so you don’t miss any important calls. Don’t forget to turn on vibrate in case you are at an extra loud venue!