Things You Might Not Have Known About the S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a powerful smartphone with dozens of features, but the good news is that there are even more features that you probably don’t know about. For example, did you know that a simple gesture would let you record images from your device? These features make the S3 even better than before, if you know how to use them.


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Easy Screen Captures

Recording images from your screen can be great if you want to save messages, photos from the Internet, or screenshots from your favourite game. While there are apps that will help you make screen captures, a simple gesture will perform the same task.

Turn on motion controls and then swipe your palm across the screen from right to left. That’s all it takes to save the picture. The image will be saved in a folder labelled “Screenshots”. You can also do this by pushing both the power and menu buttons at the same time.

Quick Dial Pad

The S3’s dial pad is easy to reach, but you can access it even faster without pushing any buttons. Shake the device for a second and the dial pad will appear. This can get a little annoying with certain gaming apps, but you can turn it off by deactivating motions controls.

Background Apps

Did you know that your apps don’t turn off when you push the menu button? They just fade into the background. You can access the background apps by pushing and holding the menu button for a few seconds. The main screen will fade and all of the apps running in the background will appear.

You can turn off the apps by sliding them across the screen, or you can use this to manage several apps at once. For example, you can use this menu to easily access the browser and a text editor simultaneously.

Offline Browsing

There are many places where you can’t access the Internet. For example, you can’t browse your favourite websites while flying. At the same time, you can save Web pages and articles for offline browsing if you do this before boarding. Open the browser app and go to a website. Tap the “Option” button and then select the “Save for offline reading” listing.

The S3 will save a copy of the website so that you can access it even if you can’t use the Internet. Just remember to do this before closing the Internet connection.

Easy Scrolling

Have you read a particularly long article and you don’t want to scroll back to the top of the Web page? Instead of furiously moving your finger across the screen for 20 seconds, you can easily get back to the top of the page with a single gesture. Tap the top of the phone twice and the S3 will do the work for you.

Examine Images

Most smartphone users examine images by double-tapping the image and then using their finger to move it back and forth. You can do the same thing without keeping your finger on the screen. Double-tap the image, and then remove your finger from the screen. Move the phone around and the image will move in the same direction.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is an incredibly popular smartphone that has many hidden features that you are sure to love. Try some of the features above to make the device even easier to use. A few simple gestures can make all the difference.

This article was contributed by CJ Gordon, gadget enthusiast, tech blogger and ultimate party planner. When cell phone cameras can’t quite capture that party moment, CJ suggests the Photo Bank, a photo booth rental in Dallas.

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