Monthly Archives: November 2012

How To Enable Voice Controls On Samsung Galaxy S3

When we did the 50 Reasons Why The Galaxy S3 Is Better Than The iPhone 5 video, a lot of you asked about the voice controls for apps on the Galaxy S3 and how to enable them. Well, instead of responding to each individual comment we decided to write this quick article showing you exactly how to do it. You can watch the video or just skip to the written instructions below:

  1. Go to the Settings option (press menu>settings from the home screen).
  2. Go to Language & Input.
  3. Find “Voice CMD for Apps” and flip the switch to on.

If you press on the Voice CMD for Apps option itself, it will take you to a menu where you can enable or disable certain voice commands. For example, in the video David turned off the phone voice commands so that way he never accidentally answers a phone call that he didn’t intend on answering.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Benchmarks

We already know that the Galaxy Note 2 is packing some serious power under the hood with its quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor and 2 GB of RAM. Just take a look at the comparison we did between the Note 2 and the iPhone 5. But in this article, we’re going to give you benchmark fanatics what you want and fully benchmark the Note 2 using AnTuTu, CF-Bench, Quadrant, Vellamo, and NenaMark2.

Benchmark Results:

  • AnTuTu: 13640
  • CF-Bench: 26015, 7516, 14915
  • Quadrant: 6564
  • Vellamo: 1791, 629
  • NenaMark2: 57.7 FPS

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5 Speed Test

While your purchasing decision will most likely not come down to speed when comparing the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy Note 2, it’s still a factor to be considered. In the speed test we conducted, we took a look at how long each phone took to boot up it’s respective OS, how quickly each phone opened the same app (by the same developer), and finally how long each smartphone took to load a couple of web pages. What were the results? Watch the video below to find out!

While in the video I called this speed test a tie, after further review I’ve decided to give the win to the iPhone 5. Why? Because while the two phones were neck and neck for most of the test, the iPhone 5 took less time to boot up and loaded more (but not all) web pages faster. Like I said earlier, if you’re considering these two phones you want them for completely opposite reasons, but you can rest assured that speed won’t be an issue with either of them.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Top 10 Features

Instead of doing a traditional review on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I decided I wanted to do something a little different with the half-smartphone half-tablet. So in this article, I’m going to go over what we think are the top 10 features (out of the potentially hundreds) on the phablet:

As you saw in the video, there are a lot of things that make the Galaxy Note 2 a very unique device. Here is the written list just in case you forget a top feature or two:

  1. Screen: The Note 2 has a large 5.5 in SAMOLED display at 1280×720 resolution.
  2. S Pen: With a dedicated button, hovering abilities, and over 250 points of pressure sensitivity, the S Pen isn’t another stylus. It’s a whole different method of input.
  3. S Note: With different pen settings, stroke sizes, colors, and options like formula match and idea sketch, S Note is one of the most feature packed notepads on any mobile device.
  4. Performance: With its quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Android Jelly Bean running the show, the Galaxy Note 2 is the best performing Android smartphone we’ve ever used.
  5. Multitasking: Android multitasking is awesome to begin with, but when you add multi-window mode, pop up browser and picture in picture, the Galaxy Note 2 just takes it to a whole different level.
  6. One Handed Use: Sure, the Note 2 isn’t as easy to use with one hand compared to your ordinary smartphones. But Samsung made a whole bunch of optimizations that make it a lot better than you’d think.
  7. Samsung’s TouchWiz: While I’m normally not a fan of manufacturer UI’s, Samsung’s user interface just adds the kind of value to the user experience that you can’t get elsewhere.
  8. Camera: I wasn’t expecting anything special from the camera when I first got the Note 2. But, with the superb image and video quality coupled with Samsung’s extra camera modes and filters, I have to say I’m impressed.
  9. Battery: With a big phone, comes a big battery that lasts all day long. And Samsung’s optimizations only help you get more use out of a single charge.
  10. Smartphone/Tablet Hybrid: With the GalaxyNote 2, you’re not just getting a big smartphone or a small tablet. You’re getting the best of both worlds. If you own a Note 2, you might just ditch the tablet all together.

Overall, the Galaxy Note 2 gets a big thumbs up from me. I have been using it as my daily driver for a while now and have been really happy with it. Admittedly, at first it may feel too big. But trust me, you do actually end up getting used to it. Now my 4.5-4.8 inch smartphones feel small. Imagine that. But even if you don’t get used to the size, I think for power users (especially if you’re using the phone for business) the size drawback is more than made up for with the top features listed above.

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