The Wonder of Tech is delighted to welcome back Praveen Rajarao as a guest author to share his passion for tech with us. Praveen first wrote for The Wonder of Tech in How to Shop Online With Added Security and is returning to let us know why he prefers the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the iPhone 5.
If you’re debating between the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3, there is much to recommend both phones. Both phones will let you check emails, surf the Net, use apps, send text messages and even make phone calls. But there are innovative features that the Samsung Galaxy S3 phone has that made it my choice of phone and may convince you to take a look at getting one for yourself.
My iPhone/Android Background
I haven’t always been a fan of Android phones. When Apple released its very first version of the iPhone, I stood in line outside the Apple store and bought it on launch day. I also upgraded my original iPhone to the iPhone 3G to 3GS and I have to admit that it was tremendous to own such a technologically advanced gadget.
But I became frustrated with the limitations of the iPhone. I wanted the capabilities that Android had so I switched over from the iPhone to an Android phone and never looked back.
(Carolyn’s note: Check out Praveen’s full Samsung Galaxy S3 review for the full and amazing story with how he got his Samsung Galaxy S3 free from Verizon.)
From the day I got my new Samsung Galaxy S3, I’ve been in awe of this amazing device. For those of you who have an iPhone 5, here is what you’re missing:
Samsung Galaxy S3 Features to Make Any iPhone Owner Jealous
1. S-Beam with NFC
If you like sharing your photos, contacts and other files from your phone, you’ll love how easy it is to share your content with the S3. The image below says it all, there is no need to hassle with sharing files/photos via Bluetooth or email. All you need to do is touch your S3 to another device which supports NFC and share your stuff. I find this particularly useful and time saving when I need to share my pics with friends (most of them are using the S3).
2. Swipe to Message/Call
When you’re browsing through your contact list, the S3 allows you to send a text message to a contact by swiping right to left, and to call a contact by swiping left to right. This feature saves a lot of time over having to navigate through your apps.
“Direct Call” is another handy feature. Direct call, if turned ON, will automatically call a contact if their log, contact or message detail is on the screen, all you need to do is move the handset to your ear to place the call. Isn’t that just awesome!
3. Swype keyboard
Typing on a virtual keyboard can be frustrating, but the Swype keyboard makes text input much easier. At first glance, you may not really see a difference between the Swype keyboard and the standard keyboard. But instead of tapping on keys to type words, you just swipe your finger across the keyboard, from one letter to the next, to type the word.
Of course, it seems a little odd at first, but once you get a hang of it, you can slide your finger quickly across the screen. You don’t have to worry about the exact letter to swipe, the keyboard is smart enough to figure out what you‘re trying to spell, and gives you options to choose from if your swipe was incorrect. It doesn’t sound accurate, but 9 out of 10 times all my words were spelled correctly the very first time I swiped.
To spell the word “QUICK” you may want to swipe your finger as shown in the picture below. So even if you have swiped over all the letters from “Q” to “U”, the intuitive smartness of the keyboard recognizes what you are trying to spell by considering the rest of the swipe across the “I”, “C” and ending in “K”.
4. AllShare Cast
Have you tried to connect your smartphone to an HDTV? Do you use a HDMI cable to do so? Well, not anymore, if you have the Galaxy S3 and a high-end Samsung SmartTV that supports the AllShare Cast feature. If you have the S3, but not the right TV, don’t sweat it, you can get a AllShare Cast dongle to insert into the HDMI port of your TV, or even your surround system receiver, to connect your S3 with your TV. Isn’t that a smart feature?
Once you’ve your S3 connected to your TV with AllShare Cast, you can mirror on the TV what is shown on your S3 screen.
One thing to keep in mind is that there is a difference between AllShare Play and AllShare Cast. The CAST version lets you mirror your phone screen in the TV screen, while AllShare Play lets you transfer files to the TV to watch.
5. Palm Swipe To Capture
There are ways to take screenshots of your phone screen with most smartphones, but does your phone ever make you feel like a “wizard”? The Galaxy S3 does. Just by turning ON this feature in the Motion Settings menu, you can take screenshots just by swiping your palm on the screen from left to right. Presto!
6. Face Unlock
Google won a patent called “Login to a computing device based on facial recognition,” which simply means utilizing a person’s face to give him/her access to the computing device they own. Seems a little far-fetched in these days of hacking and e-stealing, but this feature can save you the trouble of having to enter a passcode every time you want to use your phone.
The Galaxy S3 allows you to unlock your phone just by looking at it. To add more security, you can add a voice prompt to unlock your phone. So basically you look at your phone and say a phrase which you have configured to unlock your phone. Pretty cool, huh?
There are reports that Face Unlock can be fooled by the phone owner’s picture so be sure to use the voice phrase in addition to Face Unlock.
7. MicroSD Card Slot
If you buy the Apple iPhone 5, you need to shell out an extra hundred bucks for every incremental increase in storage capacity. The 16GB is $199, 32GB is $299 and the 64GB is $399 (with a 2 year contract with your service provider). Does it really make sense to pay so much more for a small increase in storage capacity?
With the Samsung Galaxy S3, you can buy the 16GB phone for $199 (with a two-year contract) and you can add 64GB of extra memory by purchasing a microSD card, which should cost you around 60 bucks. For around $259 you have 80GB of storage on the S3, as opposed to $399 for a 64 GB iPhone.
8. Smart Stay
How many times have you been frustrated when your phone goes to sleep mode when you’re in the middle of reading an article? The Galaxy S3 has the perfect solution for this: Smart Stay. If this feature is turned ON, the phone’s front camera tells the device that you’re looking at the phone, preventing the phone from going into sleep mode.
9. Video Overlays
The Video Overlays feature takes multi-tasking to a new level. If you want to read a text message while watching a video, don’t panic…you can! When playing a video, you see a small icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. Pressing that button opens the video into a smaller window of its own. You can perform any other task on the phone in another window. You can also move the pop-out video window to any position on the screen by just dragging it. You can close the video window or even restore it to the original size just by tapping on it.
10. Share Shot
How fast can you share your pictures and videos taken from a smartphone with your friends or family? With an iPhone, you first take the photo, then open the photo, use the share option and choose how to share, via email or messaging, then choose the contact to share it with, open that app, share the photo and then you’re done.
With the Galaxy S3’s Share Shot feature, you can share pictures and videos with people connected to the same Wi-Fi network instantly. That is to say, you take a picture, and the picture is downloaded on all the shared devices, no need to even lift a finger after that.
Below is a video created by Samsung showing you exactly how to use the Share Shot option with the Galaxy S3.
Bonus Feature: Jelly Bean Easter Eggs
The Samsung S3 runs the Android Jelly Bean software and for whatever reason, the developer wanted to include a little something for all those Easter egg lovers out there. Go to Settings => About section and keep clicking the Android Version option. This will fill your screen with a giant Jelly Bean, now press and hold on the bean and it will break down into several small jelly beans floating on your screen and you can flick them around providing you with endless hours of fun!
Now, why this was done and what is the purpose….who cares, just enjoy the Easter egg fun!
If you’re looking for a reason to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S3, well you have 10 +1 reasons here.
Which of these features is your favorite? Would any of these features tempt you away from the iPhone? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Many thanks to Praveen for coming back to share his insights with us on the Galaxy S3 vs. the iPhone. Praveen Rajarao writes for www.techivy.com. When he is not completely obsessed with his work career as a software tech lead, he spends time blogging and helping out other bloggers with tips and advice. Guest posts are welcome at TechIVY.