This article will provide a quick rundown of all the questions that we usually encounter in The Droid Guy Mailbag related to Samsung Galaxy S3 problems. So far, many of these have been published in our earlier articles already. But for the benefit of new readers or those who haven’t read them yet here’s a recap:
1. How do I enable the multi-window feature of my Samsung Galaxy S3?
The article we published during the second half of 2013 about How to Enable Multiview in Samsung Galaxy S3 will definitely help you. This requires a GS3 with Android 4.1.2 or higher.
2. The SD card of my phone is not working. What should I do?
Simply apply the solutions in our article which talks about the Galaxy S4 SD Card Error Fix. If the solutions do not work, Margie (our reader) suggested using the chkdsk utility of Windows. All you have to do is follow the steps here to do it:
- Insert SD card to computer.
- Open Start.
- Go to Run.
- Type “cmd.exe” (without the quotes) and press the Enter key.
- After that, type “chkdsk /X /F X” (with quotes omitted). Note that the last X in the line is the drive letter assigned to the disk. So, if the SD card is in the “X:\” drive, use that letter. But if another letter is assigned for the drive where the SD card is located use the appropriate letter.
3. My contacts list takes a few seconds to open up in my GS3. What should I do?
First and most importantly, check if your internal memory is already full. Leave at least 150 MB free space for it as breathing room. If that does not work go to Settings followed by Storage. Tap the Cached Data option and hit OK when a confirmation message shows up.
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Samsung Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s Android flagship device for the year 2012. The device was launched few months back and it’s considered to be the best Android device, though I consider Nexus devices to be the best Android device. Nevertheless, Samsung GS3’s are still selling like hot cakes and according to the recent news, Samsung GS3 is more popular than iPhone 5 in the UK, and we know the kind of fan base that Apple has got. The holiday shopping season is on and if you are out there to buy a high end smartphone and you aren’t an Apple fan, you will have to eventually choose between Galaxy S3 and the recently launched Nokia Lumia 920 which runs Windows Phone 8 and has an amazing interface and an equally interesting hardware.
Below is a comparison between Samsung Galaxy S3 (left) and Nokia Lumia 920 (right).
|Has manual focus|
|No||This allows to manually set the focus.|
|Has a built-in HDR mode|
|No||It can automatically shoot pictures with an higher dynamic range (HDR)|
|Noticeably more megapixel (photo, front camera)|
|1.3||46.15% more megapixel (photo, front camera)|
|The browser has word wrap|
|No||The web browser has automatic word wrap when zooming, the user can easily read long lines without scrolling horizontally.|
|Noticeably more apps available|
|150,000||4.7x more apps available|
|Plays Adobe Flash|
|No||Adobe Flash with Video and Sound is supported in the phone’s browser|
|Significantly faster CPU clock speed|
|2x 1.5Ghz||1.9x faster CPU clock speed|
|Has a MicroSD slot|
|No||Internal Storage can be extended with MicroSD cards|
|Measurably newer Bluetooth Version|
|3.1||0.9 newer Bluetooth Version|
|Has an HDMI output|
|No||Video and movies can be watched on a TV with HDMI input|
|A tad bigger screen size|
|4.5″||6.67% bigger screen size. The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.|
|A thing more battery power|
|2,000mAh||5% more battery power|
|Has a removable battery|
|No||The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken|
|A little narrower|
|Less body volume|
|99.0cm³||16.26% less body volume|
Samsung Galaxy S3 definitely looks better on the spec sheet and should help you to choose between the two. According to me, since Lumia 920 comes with a lower price tag on a 2 year contract, so I would choose the Windows device. Besides, Windows Phone 8 has an attractive interface and is something new, plus the App Store is growing quickly, so it’s not like you have scarcity of apps like it used to be before. If you want pure Android experience, there’s always Nexus 4 which you can buy unlocked for just $299. Which one would you buy?