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Samsung's new flagship smartphone is being admired for its big screen and voice control, which make for easy headlines and pretty photographs, but more interesting are the wireless capabilities of the S III, even if they take a little longer to appreciate. As well as sporting an enormous 4.8" screen which looks so shiny, and …

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dear cs94njw...

ask your wife to find a **large** carphone warehouse, and ask for the tech guy.. then he will be able to talk about all those things.. :)

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@illiad

A carphone warehouse techguy?

Isn't that one who knows the difference between a 3GS and an iphone4?

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Re: @illiad

No, that's your stupid attempt at a joke... or their attempt at making fun of an apple fanboi... LOL

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WTF?

Not strictly Samsung's fault but ...

Why can't they implement Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Protocol) yet in Android. All those new cars with the facility to read out incoming texts via speech synthesis and no phones to support it. Not since my old Sony Ericsson ELM anyway!

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Re: Not strictly Samsung's fault but ...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drivesafe.ly

already does that... try looking next time!!! :D

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Wireless Charging Kit

My Galaxy SII powers off from a dead battery in 25 hours when it's lying on a table or 4-8 hours when it's moving in any way. Perhaps the SIII wireless charging feature is absorbing all the power radiated from nearby SII phones.

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Re: Wireless Charging Kit

It'll charge twice as fast if you live near Chernobyl ;-)

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Re: Wireless Charging Kit

Cyanogen usually gets better battery life out of a Samsung phone but unfortunately it'll be yonks before it'll have the drivers for the new hardware in the SIII.

Shirley Samsung should know how to get better battery life out of their phone than people hacking away at Android in their free time???

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well try switching off all the fancy things you have going!!

do you know that if you goto 'settings, about phone, battery usage' you can see a graph showing what is using up the batt?

click on the graph, you get even more detail... :)

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...an IQ of 6000. The same IQ as 6000 PE teachers.

95% of the power goes to 'Android OS' even after a factory wipe. Samsung's SII firmware is buggy as hell - GPS rarely works, 3G doesn't work near other 3G phones, can't maintain 4G, phone spontaneously gets hot in weak reception areas, buggy sound drivers, and rapid battery drain. Samsung's fix for this mess is to release a new phone. People will buy the new phone thinking it will free them from the problems with their old phone. I have my doubts.

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Re: ...an IQ of 6000. The same IQ as 6000 PE teachers.

@Kevin

... I would get that phone replaced. I have an S2 and it has none of the problems you describe.

GPS works flawlessly, 3G works flawlessly, only time it gets hot is when I use it for 3D games over a prolonged period. Sound drivers work quite well. Battery lasts for 24-30 hours with "normal" usage.

According to the battery monitor:

Screen: 68%

Android System: 10%

Cell standby: 8%

Phone inactive: 5%

Twitter: 4%

Android OS: 3%

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Carfone Whorehaus

Only if you want to pay significantly over the odds for whatever you want, be bundled with their overpriced insurance scam and likely be misled about what you're buying.

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Meh

An unintended consequence: less support for Apple's computers?

I'm concerned that Samsung throwing down the gauntlet like this will incite Apple to pour even more resources into the iPhone -- and devote even fewer resources to evolving its computer base. A whole passel of Mac users already are getting the message, rightly or wrongly, that Apple now cares more about its "device" customers (meaning iPhones and iPads) than it does its computer customers. The critical flow of technical innovation from Apple's computer platforms to its mobiles has been reversed with a flow of stinky interface design and "apps" from the mobiles to the computer platforms, with clearly negative consequences for Apple's new OSs' performance and general ease of use. For the first time in decades, some Apple computer users are talking about bailing.

Samsung's new phone may or may not be the cat's meow for mobile users, but an unintended consequence of this new phone ("unintended" unless Samsung is smarter than I think and figured it all along) may be to enact that scenario, thereby further alienating Apple's computer-user base, further reducing sales of Macs and similar technology, and further shrinking the flow of technical advances and innovations from Apple's computers to its mobiles. Such a situation could enable Samsung to open up greater distance between its mobiles and Apple's, forcing Apple into an underdog role in both fields, mobile and computers. Even with all its cash and stores.

I'm not saying this is inevitable or even probable, but it is possible. Wait and see.

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wonders if....

... Samsung will finally get around to fixing the Dual View app for their Smart TVs with the S3

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@Kevin McMurtrie

and what version of the GSII do you have ?? there are about 7 variants, according to gsmarena...

Mine is the original i9100, from CPW.. there is no proper 4G /LTE yet in UK.

I regularly get 2 days before recharge, good GPS, great sound and vision, and no software problems.. Perhaps you should blame the ROM you bolted on, the bad coverage of your provider, your constant facebook/ email/ whatever updating???

How much do you pay your provider? sure unlimited texts and data may be wonderful for very cheap, but the service is only as reliable as the revenue it generates...

people seem to forget that the main wants of the user have been answered, in a bigger battery, more efficient system to ensure that lasts even longer, and far better camera ability...

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Questions

1. Have they got rid of the awful KIES that I have with my GS2?

2. Is it no longer stuffed full of "hubs" that are at best a waste of my time and ended up with me giving the GS2 a factory reset and never setting up again?

If they have sorted out those two questions (especially 1) then they will be better than the next iPhone, Those are the only 2 flaws in the GS2. They are both pretty minor and can be lived with - but why should I have to?

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Not aimed at Samsung

The main problem with Android phones at the moment is lack of audio through USB, the iPhone has been doing this since it came out so why has it taken Google this long not to adopt this feature? The other halfs One X has the usb port on the side for heavens sake, whats the point in that? We had a look at one of the Phillips android docks which can accommodate any phone by moving the connector about but you have to pair the phone to the dock using bluetooth!

The sooner Google get this sorted then the sooner android will have a lot more quality devices.

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@Spanners & Kris..

1. You dont HAVE to use kies... Its like you are moaning that xp only has a basic filemanger, and very simple 'paint' program... Go and get 'airdroid' - far better..

2. I have NEVER used hubs - those are for facenuts, whatever... (hey my mate is one!! whenever he moans about his battery I remind him about his frequent face updates, mall collection, then he shuts up... :/ ) create a folder in 'applications' , and put them all there, out of sight.. :)

'audio through USB' ???? I guess you dont mean just a PC hook up? a quick search finds you need the **samsung** car dock, that will route the sound for you.. more info..

http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s2-international/349687-can-you-output-audio-usb.html

I am not an audio nut, but what is wrong with the audio out jack? or Mobilefun has plenty of kit to output HDMI , and also an adapter for an Iphone dock..

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Re: @Spanners & Kris..

My other half with her shiny new one x wants a phone dock like the iphones have - you drop the phone onto a port and it plays music through the docks speakers. AFAIK there is no device for android that can do this.

From your link it looks like samsung have a way of outputting sound out through micro-usb, excellent news but somewhat strange how no other company has gone this route.

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Re: @Spanners & Kris..

Kris, I would also like to see this. Perhaps an adaptor to an Apple dock connector. A lot of cars these days come with an Apple dock built in. Great ... if you've got an iPod or iPhone.

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Fry my brain out even faster

with all these wireless stuff running around my head.

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Andrew James: how about this?? :)

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/cablejive-dockboss-smart-usb-and-audio-adapter-cable-for-apple-30-pin-docks-p32195.htm

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hd video sharing without infringing copyright

so you've just recorded some video of your mate faceplanting off his skateboard and you want to share it with your other mates. Oh noes! the video is 100MB! That will take months to share wirelessly! But hurrah and huzzah! You and your friend each have a Samsung Galaxy S III with high-speed ad-hoc networking. A bonk together and you can share the vid in seconds.

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Ideally...

Ideal Bluetooth(BT) speeds for 100MBytes..

BT 1 = 1 Mbit/sec (damnn, how OLD is your phone???? )

BT 2 = 2 Mbit/sec (about 900 secs/ 15 mins, if distance = zero!! )

BT 3HS = 24 Mbit/sec ( uses simple wifi for speed - just over a minute transfer )

BT 3 was so bad, they just called HS = BT3 instead..

BT 4 is about the same.. but it has extras like it can use the faster wifi (50Mb if lucky) if available - time to tweak your router to get more... :(

and then there is batt saving mode, etc, etc...

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