07-05-2012 11:41 AM
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  1. QuantumPion's Avatar
    So I recently got my samsung gs3. I'm loving the screen and the phone overall. However, there are several extremely annoying bugs with android that are aggravating me, especially coming from an iphone where everything did more or less "just work".

    1) volume control is whacked. Why does the volume rocker control ringer volume? Who needs hard button access to adjust ringer volume on a constant basis? Also lowering the volume with the rocker plays the notification beeps for each volume step which defeats this point anyway. If I need to adjust ringer volume I'll go to the menu. The rocker buttons should only control media volume, whether media is playing or not so I can reduce the volume prior to putting headphones on, muting it before taking headphones off, etc. Also the first push of the volume button should just display the current volume, I shouldn't have to raise and lower the volume a notch just to see what the current level is.

    2) alerts play through speaker, even when headphones or bluetooth is plugged in. Phone calls and text messages will blast full volume out the external speaker even when using headphones - completely and totally unacceptable. Not only do the alerts play through the speaker, but they also mute the media temporarily for no apparent reason. Apparently this has been a known bug for years but has never been fixed.

    3) text editing in browser basically broken. there is no way to edit (i.e. select, copy, paste) text in text boxes in any of the browsers. I've tried firefox and chrome with swiftkey and samsung keyboards. The text manipulation is glitched beyond usability in any of them.

    There have been other minor issues but these three have been the worst so far. Is there any fix for them?

    -oh yeah, a minor bug: the SGS3 has an option to change the vibration pattern for alerts but it doesn't work - the vibration pattern is a super long 2 second single pulse regardless of setting.
    07-05-2012 08:20 AM
  2. tekhna's Avatar
    lol, what?

    1. Plug your headphones in. Adjust volume. Or use Tasker. This is how EVERY phone does it. Except Windows Phone, which is so far behind it doesn't even have a separate volume adjustment with the rocker for media.

    2. Never had this problem in my years with Android. Something about the GS3?

    3. What? What are you talking about? Are you drunk?
    Chocu1a, Bsk8r999, Rev2010 and 1 others like this.
    07-05-2012 08:36 AM
  3. planoman's Avatar
    So I recently got my samsung gs3. I'm loving the screen. However, there are several totally unacceptable fatal flaws with android that are seriously making me regret my purchase. I'm on the verge of going back to my iphone.

    1) volume control is whacked. Why does the volume rocker control ringer volume? Who needs hard button access to adjust ringer volume on a constant basis? Also lowering the volume with the rocker plays the notification beeps for each volume step which defeats this point anyway. If I need to adjust ringer volume I'll go to the menu. The rocker buttons should only control media volume, whether media is playing or not so I can reduce the volume prior to putting headphones on, muting it before taking headphones off, etc. Also the first push of the volume button should just display the current volume, I shouldn't have to raise and lower the volume a notch just to see what the current level is.

    2) alerts play through speaker, even when headphones or bluetooth is plugged in. Phone calls and text messages will blast full volume out the external speaker even when using headphones - completely and totally unacceptable. Not only do the alerts play through the speaker, but they also mute the media temporarily for no apparent reason. Apparently this has been a known bug for years but has never been fixed.

    3) text editing in browser basically broken. there is no way to edit (i.e. select, copy, paste) text in text boxes in any of the browsers. I've tried firefox and chrome with swiftkey and samsung keyboards. The text manipulation is glitched beyond usability in any of them.

    There have been other minor issues but these three have been the worst so far. Is there any fix for them?

    -oh yeah, a minor bug: the SGS3 has an option to change the vibration pattern for alerts but it doesn't work - the vibration pattern is a super long 2 second single pulse regardless of setting.
    Android is not iOS. It takes a while to learn it. If you are not willing to try it for a few weeks with an open mind and not from the perspective that everything in iOS is the way it should be, just save yourself the time and frustration by returning the phone now.

    Just some friendly advice.
    GrooveRite, Vikman, wowpaw and 5 others like this.
    07-05-2012 08:43 AM
  4. EvilMonkey's Avatar
    1) I like it this way. There are probably apps around to remap what your buttons do.

    2) Supposedly fixed in Jellybean based on some reports I've read (but who knows when we will get that). I also don't think it's an issue with Google Music or the latest version of Poweramp (although I'm not sure on that last one). I don't think it's an issue on my phone either, but I'm running an EVO 4G right now with CM7, so that's not a good comparison.

    3) I don't have my GSIII yet, but I've never had any issues with this in Gingerbread. Select/Copy/Paste all works fine. I'd be surprised if this somehow doesn't work in ICS or Touchwiz. I'm sure someone else who already has their phone can test it out. No offense, but perhaps you just don't know how to do it? Typically just tapping in the text box will bring up a cursor, double tapping will bring up two (so you can slide them around to select the text you want). Long pressing will bring up options to select all/copy all/cut all. Tapping on the selection will give you the options to copy or cut. Then long-pressing in the text box will give you the option to paste it. Should work fine...and I'd imagine it's the same on the GSIII as it is on my phone.
    beh likes this.
    07-05-2012 08:46 AM
  5. FishMeetFish's Avatar
    1. Why does the volume rocker control ringer volume?

    Why not? This feature is very useful to me. Why would I go set ringer volume from the menu when I could just use the volume rocker? Using the volume rocker is easier for me.
    07-05-2012 08:47 AM
  6. tekhna's Avatar
    1. Why does the volume rocker control ringer volume?

    Why not? This feature is very useful to me. Why would I go set ringer volume from the menu when I could just use the volume rocker? Using the volume rocker is easier for me.
    Yep. I've got an iPhone in front of me. What does the volume rocker control? Ringer volume! Because every single smartphone controls the ringer with the volume rocker. Because it makes sense.
    MOTH477, soulsmilen and wowpaw like this.
    07-05-2012 08:48 AM
  7. GrooveRite's Avatar
    Android is not iOS. It takes a while to learn it. If you are not willing to try it for a few weeks with an open mind and not from the perspective that everything in iOS is the way it should be, just save yourself the time and frustration by returning the phone now.

    Just some friendly advice.
    You said it BEST sir!! I had to stop myself when I first read it because I didn't want to sound like a ****** bag, lol!
    07-05-2012 08:50 AM
  8. Almeuit's Avatar
    1. Every phone does this. Go get a iphone and uh... It will work the same :rolleyes:

    2. I can understand how this would make you angry. I will ROM my s3 (getting it today) as soon as one is out since most custom ROMs can fix this. It did for my s2.

    3. Again just like iphone... Press and hold on the text and it will highlight it... From there you can highlight everything you want and copy... Then go where you want to paste and hold again (like in a text message) and... Paste.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Android Central Forums
    07-05-2012 08:53 AM
  9. Roboticz's Avatar
    I think the original poster should go back to his iPhone...
    07-05-2012 09:25 AM
  10. vietalogy's Avatar
    Yep. I've got an iPhone in front of me. What does the volume rocker control? Ringer volume! Because every single smartphone controls the ringer with the volume rocker. Because it makes sense.
    With iOS you have an option to disable that and only set the ringer in settings but still be able adjust volume for apps and music.


    Via Tapatalk iPhone 4S
    07-05-2012 09:27 AM
  11. QuantumPion's Avatar
    1. Every phone does this. Go get a iphone and uh... It will work the same :rolleyes:

    2. I can understand how this would make you angry. I will ROM my s3 (getting it today) as soon as one is out since most custom ROMs can fix this. It did for my s2.

    3. Again just like iphone... Press and hold on the text and it will highlight it... From there you can highlight everything you want and copy... Then go where you want to paste and hold again (like in a text message) and... Paste.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Android Central Forums
    With 1), I think my problem is that the phone does not mute media audio when muting the ringer, or plugging/unplugging headphones. It is just inconsistent and bugs me. I've already had two office sound oopsies due to not knowing what the media volume was at. Maybe I should just get an app that shows the media volume as a widget.

    2) How involved is it to install a custom rom? Will I lose functionality/features?

    3) Still unable to do this. On this forum, on chrome, using swiftkey, I cannot edit text. Basically, the selector pointers are glitched, they will not select text and just warp around the text box seemingly at random when I touch a point I want them to be at. Is there an app that lets me record a video of actions on the phone so I can demonstrate?
    07-05-2012 09:32 AM
  12. QuantumPion's Avatar
    With iOS you have an option to disable that and only set the ringer in settings but still be able adjust volume for apps and music.


    Via Tapatalk iPhone 4S
    Yup this is what I want. Unfortunately there is no app that I can find that does this. I wish someone would write one, seems like it would be pretty simple. I'd write it myself if I was more familiar with java and android OS.
    07-05-2012 09:34 AM
  13. mikesmith's Avatar
    Volume control +

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...x1bWVQbHVzIl0.

    Sent from my DROIDX (soon to be sent from my S3) using AC Forums App
    07-05-2012 09:41 AM
  14. QuantumPion's Avatar
    I think the original poster should go back to his iPhone...
    Please don't flame me. I am trying to get used to this but am having legitimate problems that I am trying to fix or work around.

    Volume control +

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...x1bWVQbHVzIl0.

    Sent from my DROIDX (soon to be sent from my S3) using AC Forums App
    I'll check it out, thanks.
    07-05-2012 09:42 AM
  15. kbp08tls's Avatar
    1. Search Volume Control Widget in the Play Store and pick one that suits your needs. I've never used any of them so I can't recommend one, but Slider Widget looks pretty promising.

    2. Must be an S3 issue. Definitely not a global Android issue. Never happened to me.

    3. I've found that editing text within a browser when composing a reply to threads can be glitchy. Try the Android Central Forums app, or Tapatalk. Much cleaner interface on the phone and very intuitive.
    General editing, cutting/copying/pasting has been explained in other replies. I'll admit it took me a little bit to get the hang of it but it works like a charm.
    07-05-2012 09:57 AM
  16. Roboticz's Avatar
    Please don't flame me. I am trying to get used to this but am having legitimate problems that I am trying to fix or work around.
    The reason I reacted the way I did is because your thread title doesn't say "iPhone User Trying To Become Familiar With SGS3"...

    Your thread title says "UNACCEPTABLE AND FATAL ANDROID FLAWS ARE MAKING ME REGRET MY SGS3 PURCHASE!!!"

    Those two different sentences convey two very different statements.
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    07-05-2012 10:00 AM
  17. beh's Avatar
    <<Please don't flame me. I am trying to get used to this but am having legitimate problems that I am trying to fix or work around.>>

    This is the only problem, that you have problems. But you choose to blame it on the phone the OS, etc. If you want an iPhone that works like an iPhone then buy an iPhone (I hear that the next iPhone might even have 4G . If you wish to move up the innovation ladder learn to have an open mind and to adapt to new ways of doing and thinking.

    You were "flamed" because you "flamed" folks in there own home. We can all understand the frustration of things not going as we would want them to. But your frustration is not anyone else's problem. Ask for assistance and it will be freely given here. Bad mouth the family and you ask for something other than help.
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    07-05-2012 10:02 AM
  18. mavrrick's Avatar
    The problem is what you report as bugs are really opinions. I read your post and don't see any problem with the devices. Realy your first and second issues are personal issues with how you feel it should work, and issue 3 for the best i can come up with is a pebkac error. All the way back to my ATT Captivate on android 2.1 i could cut and past from pretty much anything.
    07-05-2012 10:06 AM
  19. Will1524's Avatar
    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Android Central Forums
    07-05-2012 10:12 AM
  20. QuantumPion's Avatar
    The reason I reacted the way I did is because your thread title doesn't say "iPhone User Trying To Become Familiar With SGS3"...

    Your thread title says "UNACCEPTABLE AND FATAL ANDROID FLAWS ARE MAKING ME REGRET MY SGS3 PURCHASE!!!"

    Those two different sentences convey two very different statements.
    Yeah ok 1) is a personal preference. But 2) and 3) are clearly bugs which prohibit me from using the device for some of its primary smartphone functions.

    I would call "phone plays sounds full blast through speaker while headphones are plugged in" a fatal flaw. I even googled it and found a long thread dating back several years, the last few posts indicate that it might be fixed in Jelly Bean: Issue 16667 - android - Notifications are played through external speaker when headphones are plugged in - Android - An Open Handset Alliance Project - Google Project Hosting

    I would also call "unable to effectively select text for editing in a browser" a fatal flaw as well. The previous poster said he experienced the same problem and recommended getting tapatalk instead.
    07-05-2012 10:13 AM
  21. allanmclovin's Avatar
    I think the original poster should go back to his iPhone...
    I currently have an iPhone (waiting for my S3 to be delivered today) and I have to point out that 1 & 2 are the same on the iPhone. I am not sure which phone operating systems don't operate this way, but my iPhone volume controls definitely control the ringer first and if I get a text when I am plugged into my car stereo, the audio will lower so it can play the alert through the car speakers.
    07-05-2012 10:16 AM
  22. Roboticz's Avatar
    How can you not select text from a webpage? You just press on the screen for a moment and brackets will show up to allow you to select text.
    07-05-2012 10:16 AM
  23. mousr's Avatar
    I just got my GS3 from UK.

    I have worked with SamsungS, BlackberrIES, and iPhoneS.

    The volume rocker keys ShoulD control the volume in the application which is active (i.e Music volume if media is played, ringer volume if on the home screen. earpiece/headset volume if on a call, etc.). On the iPhone, you can go to Settings-Sound, and disable Ringer control by the keys. Blackberry has profiles (while tedious to initially setup, it is a great feature).

    Can anyone help me? I have two questions:

    I bought an iPhone 4S for my wife from UK. I am unable to setup Face Time. After talking to Apple advanced support (very expensive), the issue is about logging onto the FaceTime servers in the US with international Firmware (handshake and encryption issue).

    1. Does anyone know of any issues with an international GS3 on US servers?

    My biggest (and the most Important requirement) is to sync all my data with Microsoft Outlook (PST file). I am constantly updating Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Tasks, (everything). Outlook PST file is the most used file (3 -5 times a day) on my laptop. Blackberry Desktop Sync with Outlook (if anyone has done it), seems to work best because it not only informs me what data is changed, but also asks me to select the data to keep on both (phone and Outlook) if the data has changed.

    2. Does anyone know if GS3 does any of this? Are there any issues with that?

    Thank you so much.
    07-05-2012 10:17 AM
  24. enik's Avatar
    Troll

    Sent from my Nexus S 4G using Tapatalk 2
    07-05-2012 10:19 AM
  25. umpirerob's Avatar
    Audio Manager has a great widget to control all of your volume levels.

    Sent from my HTC Mecha using Tapatalk 2.
    07-05-2012 10:19 AM
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