With the presentation of the Galaxy S3 it became clear that Samsung’s focus hasn’t necessarily been on making the best phone spec wise, but making the most user friendly phone ever.
Samsung already started walking this path with the introduction of the Galaxy S2, which had some nice useability tricks. For example, you could zoom in or out by touching it with two fingers and tilting the device.
With the Galaxy S3, Samsung has taken it one step further with various new ways to control your device. In this post we will have a look at some of the new ways to control your device.
New ways to control your Galaxy S3
Here are some examples of new ways to control your device:
- You can take a screenshot by making a “scanner like” movement with your hand on top of the screen.
- Want to pause a movie? Simply lay your hand flat on your phone and the movie will stop playing
- Want to scroll to the top of your list (for example your contact list)? Tap the top of your phone once with your fingers and the list will jump to the top
These are just some of the new great ways Samsung has implemented into the Galaxy S3 and we will probably see more and more of these gestures show up in the next few weeks
In the following video by XDA TV you can see some of the just discussed features, watch the video from 5:30 onwards!
(watch from 5:30 onwards!)
One question that comes to mind is if people are actually going to use these features. Although for example pausing the screen by placing your hand on top of the device seems useful, it isn’t really different from simply touching the screen to pauze a movie.
What do you think, are these features more of a gimmick to impress your friends with, or are you really going to use them?