Samsung Galaxy SIII Features Review:
As a Samsung Mob!ler I am often asked to review features of the Galaxy SIII phone I received. Now, while I’m not a total techno- numpty I have to admit that quite often this gets me checking out things I really had no idea even existed.
I’m guessing that I am like many people in using the phone to make calls, text, check my email and play games. I’m kind of proud of myself for working out how to use Google Maps and navigation, because it’s got me out of a few scrapes already!
Motion Action fits into the same category for me as Voice. I probably wouldn’t have gone there if I hadn’t been asked to review. But, now I’ve got to understand how it works, I can see that I’ll use it more and more. And I can also see that it could be useful for everyone, it’s just not necessarily something you expect to find with a mobile phone.
The first thing that you need to do if you want to start trying for yourself is to open your phone settings panel and scroll down till you find the MOTION section. Then slide the bar on the right hand side over so it turns green, just like in my photo. If you don’t do that, NONE of the motion options will work.
Once that part is set, you can tap on the MOTION section to open up the full menu. Each one of the movements can be switched on or off individually – very useful if you are not sure what you are doing yet.
In fact, one of the most fundamental of the Motion Action tools is one I found by chance (or perhaps through frustration with my twitter app). You know when you’ve been offline for a while and you come back to find that you have 500+ tweets waiting. And, all you really want to do is get to the top of the screen so you can see what’s happening NOW, because for the most part twitter is very much about what is happening right now.. Double tap does just that. Tap the screen twice and it will wizz you right to the top of your list…
I’m getting to love another ‘motion’ feature too. Tilt to Zoom lets you zoom any webpage or gallery picture by putting two fingers on the phone screen and then just tilting it. Why do I like it? well because it seems to be faster and easier to control than the old ‘pincer’ method. And of course when I am checking my own website, the magazine styling I use makes everything look particularly tiny and unreadable. And, that with what Samsung call Pan to Browse, which lets you move around an image that you have zoomed, makes it much easier to see the detail of images that would otherwise be unviewable on a mobile.
The ultra practical ‘palm touch to mute‘ and ‘turn over to mute‘ are both useful if you need a quick way to get the sound turned down without actually losing where you are and I am already happily using those when I am in the office with land and mobile phone.
I’ve tried using the method of doing a screen grab by a palm swipe. My first impression was that my hand wasn’t big enough because I mistakenly thought you needed to cover the whole screen. But you definitely don’t and now I am pretty sure it’s just that I haven’t got the action (baby!). It works intermittently for me and I keep going back to using the keypad combination of home and power buttons.
As you can see, there are a lot more menu options for Motion, and towards the bottom of the menu is a section with more information about how to tailor motion to best suit you.
Meanwhile, there are lots of videos on YouTube that will show you how to use hand motions for your SIII. Me, I’m planning to do one for you, but right now I need to practise a bit first! So I’ll update this post when I’ve got there!