Hello everyone, I am sure alot of you have already started looking for cases and accessories for your GSIII. So I have put together a growing accessories page so we can all help each other out. Besides your suggestion of accessories, it may include apps you recommend from the Google Play Store (formally known as the Android Store) or third party sites. For every idea or item posted please include the link and why you think it is awesome. I will then add it to the list. Please "Like" this if it was useful to you so this post may stay up on the discussion board.
Please watch the video above till the end to see all the possible things you can do with your Galaxy S3. You may skip to the parts that interest you by choosing the corresponding time lapse. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46IiRyigUH0&feature=g-all-u <------ this is the original source link
This review was done by NZtechfreak from androidnz.net the "Ideas" category lists the things he reviewed on the youtube video.
Ideas: involving accessories. Must use the 4 items together to accomplish what NZtechfreak did.
Samsung MHL adapter turns tv into netflix viewer, full internet browser, or game monitor using GSIII. Has issues with tv lower than 1080p resolution. model#: EPL-3FHUBEGSTD
usb on the go 90 degree angle micro-usb to female usb adapter
i-rocks usb hub (need it to hookup wirless keyboard bluetooth dongle, external usb drive of movies, and power for Samsung MHL adapter) ties everything together basically
Logitech K400 wirless keyboard with touchpad needed for internet browsing.
NFC Kit To fully understand NFC tags please visit **Dravas discussion on the first link below***.
Samsung TecTile Oem customizable NFC tags
Micro USB Cables Micro B-Type usb for data transfer or charging phone 3ft or 6ft links listed below thanks to Dravas
Monster Highspeed Micro USB Monster highspeed micro usb cable for super quick data transfer
Blackberry Bluetooth Stereo Gateway Stream music to any non-bluetooth stereo system like your car, or hometheater system model#: ASY16130001
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Device Stream music to any non-bluetooth audio device model#: 980-000540
Gametel Pocketable bluetooth gaming controller
Galaxy SIII C-Pen Stylus made specifically for GSIII
Galaxy AllShare Cast Dongle Used to wirlessly mirror everything on phone to hdtv.
iHome iHM60LT Rechargable portable speakers
sCharger-5 Best solar powered usb charger in the industry (the size of a CD case) larger sCharger-12 also available
Samsung Infuse 4G Vehicle Navigation Mount (Verified to work with Galaxy S3 thanks to Dravas, best mount out there to date)
~Why it is the best: Audio runs through the micro usb port on the dock with an aux audio out to car stereo 3.5mm jack or aux jack)
~This means you can charge your phone while playing audio without running an audio cord on the opposite end [top of phone]
***What is left to be verified is if there are any phone cases that will work with this dock.
Memory Cards: Out of all the microSD cards available, the brand SanDisk is the most reliable. Fastest=Class(10 , Slowest=Class(4
As stated by Meiyi: **Be sure to format UHS-I microSD into exFat format** Your phone auto-formats first time use of microSD cards.
SanDisk Mobile Ultra 16GB UHS-I Class (10 microSD
SanDisk Mobile Ultra 32GB UHS-I Class (10 microSD
SanDisk Mobile Ultra 64GB UHS-I Class (10 microSD
Tips and Tricks: (Thanks to Lennyuk from xda-developers and GalaxyS2Tips on Youtube)
Color Saturation (stops screen from looking too blue) <~~~~~My favorite
Settings > Display > Screen Mode > Choose either (Dynamic, Standard, Natural, or Movie)
Stop dimming during video/internet viewing
In video player: Menu > scroll down > Settings > Video Brightness > Uncheck “automatic brightness”
Repeat this while using internet browser
Speed Up Transitions (helps switch screen faster) *****
Settings Menu > Developers Options > Window animation Scale > Adjust to .05)
Settings Menu > Developers Options > Transition animation > Adjust to .05)
Home Button Lag Fix (if you never plan on using S-Voice) ****
Launch S Voice > Menu Button > Settings > un-check Launch S Voice box
Activate Voice Commands
Settings > Language and input > Voice cmd for apps “on” > tap left for more info
Turn off soft key light (the return/menu button illumination) ***
System Settings > Display > Touch Key Light Duration > Off
Enable Smart Stay (eye indicator shows it’s working, will not stay on forever) **
Menu > Settings > Display > Smart Stay
Quick Controls (used while browsing internet)
Menu Button > Settings > Labs > Quick Control box
Screen Capture (without palm motion)
Home key + Power key **at same time
Enable motion features (Direct Call and Smart Alert)
Menu > Settings > Motion > Select features you want to use
Change lockscreen options
Menu > Security > Lock Screen Options > tap shortcuts writing(not the toggle) > change shortcuts
Adjust Lock Screen Settings *
Menu > Settings > Lock Screen Options
(Change shortcuts icons select “Shortcuts”)
(Use S-voice to unlock phone select “Wake up in Samsung Unlock”)
Create own vibrate pattern
Menu > Settings > Sound > Device Vibration > Create > tap pattern you want > Save
Messaging/texting on Keyboard (change to handwriting mode)
Long press the gear icon > Pen Icon
Turning on Swype Keyboard (swypes in certain apps/txt boxes)
Menu > Settings > Language and Input > Settings icon (cog) next to keyboard > Continuous Input
Stop shortcuts from being created on homescreen for every app installed
While in Play Store: Settings > Options > Disable creation of shortcuts.
Louder Ring Volume for calls
Go to Phone app > Menu > Additional Settings > scroll to bottom > Set preferred incall Eq
Alphabetical Sorting of Apps in Drawer
Open apps drawer > Menu > View type > Alphabetical Grid
Turn on Battery % Indicator
Menu > Settings > Display > Display Battery %
Change “Hands of my Phone” words on lock screen
Settings > Security > Owner Information > now you can change words on lock screen
Hold Menu button (left of Home button)
Hold Home button
Turn phone sideways
Notification Bar (in any full screen app)
Swipe down from top edge of app > Once bar appears > Swipe down again to open notifications
Source: Original creater Lennyuk from xda-developers.com forum
Credit: Dravas for bringing Lennyuks work to Sprint
Battery Saving: (thanks to Dravas post)
Samsung OEM Original equipment from Samsung for Spare use
Anker Astro 5600mAh External battery pack (option 2 coming soon...anker extended battery; replaces oem battery keeps oem phone cover)
Anker Astro2 8400mAh External Battery pack with two usb ports Use promo code"46ARMGNO" to save $10 on Anker Astro2 +$5 if Astro5600mAh is added.
Trent iMirror 6000mAh Portable battery cellphone charger that can be recharged via usb cord for convenience.
Steinheil Ultra Crystal (Anti-UV protection) keeps white GS3 from turning yellow over time, No rainbowing effect compared to matte finish screens, no waviness unlike liquid based install screen
BodyGuardz (most complete edge to edge screen protection without use of liquid spray application)
Ringo Screen Protector (One of the best non-edge lifting screens protectors. (x2) comes in a box please follow Meiyi's post below for full review)
IVONA (Amy UK English beta) free text to speech for google navigation and other apps. Replaces the robotic voice on all apps to sexy more natural British womans voice.
Netflix if you already have an account then its free on your phone
ooVoo video call or conference your friends
Cordy free/paid fun 3D platform game almost like sonic
QuickPic lets you set a full screen wallpaper that pans left and right
Materials to consider when purchasing a case
Mt ~ Metal---------The hardest most rigid type of cover with the least amount of shock absorption, phone reception may be affected
PC ~ Polycarbonate--------Typically the hard shell plastic case. Not flexible but most protective while allowing better phone reception.
TPU ~ Thermalplastic Polyurethane-----See-through or colored and flexible. Not as grippy or rubbery as silicone types of cases. Good shock absorption stretch resistant
Si ~ Silicon Gel---------The best shock obsorption of all cases. Lint magnet, grippy harder to slide in pocket, very stretchy may loosen hold on phone with time.
Vi ~ Vinyl ---------- The most flexible in creativity, choice of texture, color, or picture image for skin. Least protective on falls, recommend clear TPU case to cover vinyl skin.
Le ~ Leather-----------least likely to scuff up, feels the most natural in hand, some may not completely protect the edges of a phone.
FxLe ~ Faux Leather------------Has the natural feel and durability of leather yet less expensive.
Otterbox Commuter Case Both PC+Si Usually the best comprise between the most protection while keeping it slim
Otterbox Defender Case Both PC+Si case The most protective cover you can get for the GSIII (beware it is a little thick)
Case~Mate Both PC+Si Design is like the Otterbox Commuter Case but has better grip on sides
Trexcell TPU coming soon... case with extended battery built in.
Diztronic Cases TPU quite possibly the best tpu cases you can buy in matte finish (ultra slim) feels good to hold
Amzer TPU case
Ballistic Both PC+Si
Samsung Mesh Vent Case TPU Mesh for cooler running phone for heavy users, coin slot to use as a kickstand (thanks Phasel151)
Skinit Vi Least protection.Full body stick on vinyl skins. You create from pictures on you computer or by selecting pre-made ones,
http://www.skinit.com would recommend using a clear TPU gel case with it to give better protection against falls.
Skinomi Vi Thicker and better skin protection than Skinit however not nearly as creative and colorful, may require either a clear case or bumper.
Gimmick5 Mt Bumper covers outer edges of phone (Recommend you use it together with Skinit or Skinomi textured vinyl skin)
Aluminum Bumper Mt Only protects the edges of the phone. (Recommend you use it together with Skinit or Skinomi to protect back cover).
TPU Bumper Case TPU Alternative to metal bumper case... still needs vinyl to protect back cover.
Tridea Bumper Case TPU Still leaves back cover unprotected (vinyl recommended for cover)
Tridea Beetle Case TPU Color looking two tone bumper case, cover exposed
Clear Case TPU Gel Clear case to allow others to see any creative work you have done on your phones exterior.
Incipio PC+Si alternative to otterbox and ballistic cases
CruzerLite TPU Cases TPU (thanks to Meiyi's post) Use "BUY2GONE" code during checkout for the buy 2 get 1 free promo.
iTALKonline SoftSkin 10 pack Si (Next 4 cases posted by Chappay, thanks for the find)
iTALKonline Exec. Wallet Case FxLe For the executive man/woman business look.
SPIGEN SGP Case Folio FxLe Business casual look phone case
IDS Luxury Blue Wallet Case Le Cool blue leather case with credit card holder.
Tridea Flip Case FxLe Sheepskin leather feel flip case with card holder
Ask and ye shall recieve
Galaxy S3 fits Infuse 4G Car Dock
Samsung original quality--charges phone and has aux out.
I got the Cruzerlite TPU cases and Rearth Ringbo Screen Protector screen protectors. I'll post the reviews and tips here in case someone wants to read. 😃
This case is very nice. I love the 'Andy' android logo. It make the case look unique and the material the android logo is made out of has a nice smooth texture. The cut outs for volume and power buttons are of the right size, making it easy to access. Also, the cut out for audio input jack is big enough that it will not prevent headphones from being plug in all the way, unlike some other cases which has holes that are too small for audio jack. To get the holes on the case to properly align with phone, make sure you align the holes on one end of case with the phone first, before aligning and pulling other end onto the phone. It should fit nicely.
I got the buy 2 get 3 promo deal and choose the Clear Androidified, Translucent Teal, and Smoke Androidified colored cases. The smoke and clear Androidified cases looks good on blue Samsung Galaxy S3. I have not test to see if clear will look good on white. The translucent teal color will look very nice on white Galaxy S3. I think this purchase is well worth it for the quality and price.
--To get rid of 'wet/moisture' looking spots in the 'clear' (translucent) area of the case--
After you put phone in case, you might notice the 'clear' plastic part of the case look like it has some moisture/wet looking spots. This is due to the clear part of the case hugging the glossy plastic back of the Galaxy S3. A friend of mine suggested this, on how to get rid of the wet/moisture spots. You can "lightly" coat the inner 'clear' part of the case with baby powder. To do this, just squeeze baby powder bottle until a 'poof' of fine dust come out. Hold the case in the air and place the inner clear part of the case over the fine dust of baby powder. Let the fine dust permeate the case. This will coat the inner 'clear' part of the case with a very fine layer of baby powder. This is all you need to get rid of the moisture/wet looking spots. Do not over apply the baby powder.
Ringbo Screen Protector **It comes with 2 screen protectors!
I got this screen protector based on the good reviews. Looks like most of the reviewers are right on the mark in regards to this screen protector. Actually, screen protectors. It comes with 2 screen protectors. So, that if you messed up first one, you still got another try.
As stated in description, the screen protector are designed smaller, due to the 'curve' edges of the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen. This also prevents the screen protector from being lifted away from the edges. Another good thing with this design is that, when you remove and put on TPU cases (such as those that hugs and wrap around the edges of the front of the phone), the screen protector will not be affected by being lift/push off.
Applying the screen protector on the phone wasn't too difficult. I did it in one try. Just needed a little patience, steady hands, and some steam. Now, I do not have to worry about scratching the screen. Sure, the Galaxy S3 comes with Gorilla Glass 2, but that doesn't mean it's invulnerable. Take a look at some of the drop tests. =.=
--Tips on applying screen protector--
To get a more 'dust-free' environment before applying screen protector, I recommend the 'steam' method. Keep bathroom door closed and run some hot water (maybe you should save water by doing this after taking a hot shower/bath when there are still some steam left in the bathroom o.o). The steam will minimize the dust floating in the air. Position the screen protector on top of the phone to see how much room you have and where to line up screen protector. As instruction states, the #2 red sticker should be facing you. After you position the screen protector, start from top of screen and slowly pull back #1 black sticker (#1 black sticker should be facing the screen protector). Do not completely pull off the #1 black sticker. Pull off a little at a time as you apply the screen protector. Also, use a credit card to smooth out any bubbles along the way as you apply the screen protector from one end to another. I find it better to use an actual credit card, due to the thicker plastic and even edge. If you made mistake in alignment (after applying it completely) you will need to use tape, to lift off the edge of the screen protector and slowly re-position it. It will be tricky to fix, but still possible to do so. That's why it's better to get position/alignment right at the beginning, so you will not end up having to fix it.
Zenstorm, can you update that the Ringbo Screen Protectors comes with 2 screen protectors? I didn't know it till I got it. It was a nice suprise for me. Thanks. 😃
Anyone that has questions about what an NFC is, what it does, and how it is useful will be sent to your link rather than us trying to answer them here. Your nfc post is so thorough and impressive that anyone could easily understand it.
Concerning the 32g delivery, I know how you feel since I have not gotten any confirmation of shipment either. However I beilieve we will all be getting info on when it will arrive by tomorrow afternoon based on other dicussions. Let me know if anything changes. As wallways great job on the reconnaissance of alternative ways to accessorize our S3.
Meiyi, so far everyone is saying that the steam method from the bathroom is the best way to prevent dust from being trapped on the screen. I wonder if a screen install like you said plus an initial line up of the screen with tape could help create a fail safe install?
I have not use tape to keep screen protector line up on the screen. Based on the video, looks like it can work. I just think that he could brush off all the bubbles as he pull off the bottom layer (that is facing the screen). As you can see he has a bubble right in the center after he removed the top layer, and he has to push it off to the side with credit card. Sometimes, it is hard to push bubbles off the screen, if the screen protector is already pressed (glue) tightly onto the screen. The more near to the edge the bubbles are, the easier it is to get rid of them.
You can try the steam method, line it up, and then tape it down (as shown in the video) to see how well it works for you xD. I'm not going to remove mine and redo since I have not issues with it xD. Oh yeah, don't take screen protector out of plastic bag that it comes in until you have a dust free environment (so no dust sticks to it). Also, don't take too long in applying screen protector, cause the more time you take, the higher the chance dust will float back onto screen or get between screen and screen protector. Go at a steady even pace. 😃
Rick...is there anyway you can test how well it performs for us so we all can know if it is $20 well spent.
Test 1: How long does it takes to charge the battery from completely empty to full?
2: How many hours of moderate to heavy use after full charge before the battery is dead? (without using any chargers throughout the day)
3: How thick is your phone now that you have the extended battery on? (pics would be great too)
4: Does it get warm or hot during normal use?
Thanks if your up to the task
I just saw your ?s, sorry I haven't got back sooner. I will get some specific answers for you soon but for now I can say as an example if you get 10 hrs for a standard battery the Hyperion will get you about 17 hrs ( subjective I know, but its what I'm seeing on my phone and i compare it on a daily usage ratio ). The thickness is a bit more but it has a taper on both the top and bottom making it feel and look more sleek ( pics to come soon ). What it really needs in a case to go with it like what Trexcell did with the epic touch. I'm going to modify a Seidio convert and see how that will work - I've done it before with the epic touch and I expect it will probably work a little better but I'll know more in a couple of days after I receive it. Later, Rick
Do you know for a fact that the MHL adaptor on your list of accessories actually works with the Sprint version of the Galaxy S3?
Samsung model EPL-3FHUBE
The reason I ask is I have gotten very conflicting information today concering this issue. I just got my S3 on Saturday and wanted to order the MHL adapeter cable for the phone. The only ones I can find are for the S3 model i9300 which is the international version of the S3 not the one Sprint is selling. There is no mention in the manual that came with the phone about connecting it to an HDTV and there are no adapters on Sprints website for sell. I contacted Sprint tech support and was told their phone does not support this feature, when I was on Samsungs tech support on their chat they did not know the answer. Later I contacted Sprint support via my phone instead of chat and the first guy did not know but elevated it to his supervisor who still could not answer the question but he did call Samsungs Tech support directly and finally one of Samgungs support people answered and was told the same part number you have on your list as working with Sprints phone. However when I was going to order the adapter on Samsungs website they have a box to enter your phones model number and Sprints model number SPH-L710 came back as not being compatible with this device. I am totally confused at this point. I even tried Verizions part number for this device and got the same error message. Do you know if all the Galaxy S3's all have the same connectivity across all the various model numbers?
I had read a lot about all the different things you can do with the S3 which were the reasons I bought one, I would love to be able to do all the stuff that the guy in the video is doing with his model but I fear that perhaps the Sprint version of the S3 is only a shadow of the international version in its capability.
Thanks, any info will be greatly appreciated
I have a 5 pin MHL adapter that I used with my Epic Touch (GS2) and I bought an 11 pin to 5 pin adapter so that I could use it on my GS3. It works, or at least it worked with ICS (I haven't tried it with JB). I bought an after market 5pin MHL adapter from Amazon and then later bought the Samsung 5-11 pin adapter.