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  1. nrm5110's Avatar
    Thanks for the speakerphone tip. I just tried that and it works! It also makes me feel better that its not just me.

    Another update. After 4 days of trying everything I could, to get Skype working, and I do mean everything, restarting the phone, reinstalling, scouring the internet for recommendations and following them, with absolutely no success. I could never complete a call. For "fun" I just tried it again (no reinstall or anything since the last attempt yesterday) and it worked. I was able to make several calls with zero problems. As long as it continues this way this is great news. My two biggest travel issues have been resolved. I just hope that it keeps working.

    Hopefully juice defender will give me more battery life and you guys will have helped me to keep the phone. The balance has definitely shifted back into the S3's favor. :-)
    Exacltly how long are you expecting your phone to last?
    How much screen on time do you typically have in a day?
    How long are you typically away from a place where you can charge your phone?
    Do you have pockets that can hold a secondary battery?

    Attached are screenshots of my gs2 skyrocket which I would bet money your s3 should be able to outperform. Keep in mind thats a single charge with a stock battery.


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    badbrad17 likes this.
    11-01-2012 03:32 PM
  2. Ricky Babalu's Avatar
    PERSONAL Digital Assistant = thats what these phones really are,
    PERSONAL "Of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else."
    and just like every other consumer product, you are going to have YOUR own PERSONAL reasons for owning one particular type of product. Which in NO way says that its better or worse than any other particular product, it just suits your perceived PERSONAL needs better.
    With some hindsight though, and from now on, probably better to post in the iMore forums.
    This^^^^^^^ up until the last point, by him posting his reasons for being unhappy with the phone, is how some of those issues have been resolved. Sure you are going to get the "negative" remarks or the condescending replies but you get those in all forums, just ignore them and hopefully you take away some valuable/informative feedback and or help.
    badbrad17 likes this.
    11-01-2012 04:10 PM
  3. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    2) Skype is my biggest issue. It just dies. I mean I install I login, I try to make a call. It then "gets stuck" after a while Android returns saying it has stopped working or something like that. I clear the cache, data, etc. go back in, login and then I have no contacts, no Skype credit, nothing. I restart the phone and it just repeats the above. Same with re-installing. I wish I knew how yours worked because, this is my biggest issue, not right now, but when I travel, I don't want to lug my iPad around all day just to make calls.
    3) AWESOME, don't know why I did not thing of this, just tried it out, the offline google maps solves my problem. THANKS
    4) Amtrak, NJ Transit, NY Waterways. I travel a lot between Philadelphia and New York. I use public transportation because driving and parking in NYC is nuts. These apps allow me to go paperless so I don't have to print and carry tickets (which I am usually buying on my way to the station)
    5) I have done the other things, but certain items seem out my control. Yesterday it was gallery even though I shut off photo syncing everywhere I found it. Today it's media downloads (don't know how to control that). I have tried some other apps but I'll give JuiceDefender a try now....

    For everyone else. I'm sorry, I did not mean to come across saying anything was bad, just that it was not working for me. Even with the problems I am having, I think its a great phone and system.... just MIGHT not be a good fit for my needs.
    Glad we are here helping u out!
    As for your Skype, are u using LTE or WiFi...Skype works best with WiFi (as with anything else)...it may start dropping if your connection starts to get a bit low
    And Juice Defender should work for you and you should see a noticeable different once it gets adjusted to your phone with it left on...also keep all your syncing off or at least every 1hr
    11-01-2012 04:59 PM
  4. emathed's Avatar
    Really? is that in LTE? or wifi?
    I haven't had many issues..sometimes maybe wasn't connecting..but same problem with my iPhone
    I use it on WiFi

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    11-01-2012 05:44 PM
  5. emathed's Avatar
    Thanks for the speakerphone tip. I just tried that and it works! It also makes me feel better that its not just me.

    Another update. After 4 days of trying everything I could, to get Skype working, and I do mean everything, restarting the phone, reinstalling, scouring the internet for recommendations and following them, with absolutely no success. I could never complete a call. For "fun" I just tried it again (no reinstall or anything since the last attempt yesterday) and it worked. I was able to make several calls with zero problems. As long as it continues this way this is great news. My two biggest travel issues have been resolved. I just hope that it keeps working.

    Hopefully juice defender will give me more battery life and you guys will have helped me to keep the phone. The balance has definitely shifted back into the S3's favor. :-)
    How did you get Skype to work?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    11-01-2012 06:04 PM
  6. BIGPADDY's Avatar
    Why not a Windows 8 phone the NOKIA LUMIA 920 It also good to have a thrid option it look great it has;

    4.5 inch puremotion HD which is more HD than HD that would be good to watch HD movies and content in more HD
    1280*768 332 pixel per inch
    Look very sexy comes in lot of colours red, blue, green, yellow etc.
    Plays music
    It has games
    Xbox lives
    Nokia Maps

    BEST PART you can wear gloves in winter to touch the screen big plus no risking ure fingers on frost bite :3

    As well NOKIA needs the money so it going to a good course
    11-01-2012 06:08 PM
  7. hell_on_heels's Avatar
    My Skype is awful. Works for about 5 seconds on first call and then disconnects every call therafter. Not sure why it isnt working?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    Try tango. It's free, use ur phone number. Works great.

    Sent from my SCH-R530U using Android Central Forums
    11-01-2012 06:16 PM
  8. emathed's Avatar
    Try tango. It's free, use ur phone number. Works great.

    Sent from my SCH-R530U using Android Central Forums
    I would if only my family and friends would also. I can't seem to convince them away from Skype

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    11-01-2012 06:21 PM
  9. cyanogen-man's Avatar
    Why the hate? This is America and we have a rite to choose. I hate apple a lot as well but if the guy is used to a certain way. Why not let him go back? The s3 is an amazing phone. I just can't stand touch wiz. And it's true about some de elopers that port it over from iOS the functionality isn't there. Now you can cache Google maps and usually it dose have a compus. The battery life android had true multi tasking meaning sometimes tjingsbrun wild in the back ground and just make a buffet out the battery. If you love iOS sadly that's for you don't let a bad port of an app ruin the whole experience. But that's just me . Just put them both on wifi and compare them side by side apple is simplistically clean android can be but not everyone who is a geek likes to be simple. In this perspective iOS is the guy that brings his car to the shop for a tune up oil change breaks. Android is the guy that goose to the auto part store and dose it by themselves. IOS is for the people who don't want to worry about how it works. Android is the nerds that do custom builds .
    INSPIRE AOKP ICE COLD SANDWICH ROM
    11-01-2012 06:54 PM
  10. funkylogik's Avatar
    good luck OP and well done for not bein an isheep OR androsheep
    you gave it a chance and chose whats best for you.
    noone should be giving you abuse for that.
    you made an informed decision and hopefuly will be a bit defensive of android when you hear it being slated
    take care man (and dont get lost usin imaps lol)

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    11-01-2012 06:58 PM
  11. Tkbredx's Avatar
    Lol. Lost using iMaps
    11-01-2012 07:52 PM
  12. Younjulius's Avatar
    I'm from iOS world too and took some getting used to. Big time that is. Nothing is perfect and a matter of trade off. For me, android 4.1 was a tipping point for Android. 4.2 sounds better than iOS 6 to me.
    Frankly, I don't get what OP wants out of his posting in Android forum. If you need empathy you'll find more from your friends rather than strangers. Otherwise, OP seems to know the answer already who he wants to do.
    11-01-2012 11:20 PM
  13. funkylogik's Avatar
    not empathy.
    i find that writing things to strangers helps clear my mind and i value their views

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    11-01-2012 11:44 PM
  14. drmaf894c's Avatar
    That is exactly the point. I don't want to go back, I WANT reasons to keep the S3. As I said there are a lot of points that I like about it.

    @glou; how is it your Skype works when all over there are people saying it doesn't (on the S3). Have you actually made and received calls on it recently? If yes, what did you do? I would love to find an answer. I have removed and reinstalled it 3 times so far, cleared cache, etc. At best it works for one call and then stops working.

    @glou: can you help and name an offline, street level mapping application that has compass direction in addition to GPS. I figured that CityMaps2Go did not have the compass feature on Android because of a hardware limitation since it has it on the iOS version. If that is not the case then I will look for another app.
    Skype works great on mine too had a few issues with the latest update but it works great after I un installed and reinstalled. I used it just last week to talk with my wife and kids when they were away.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S III using Android Central Forums
    11-02-2012 12:07 AM
  15. Captian4Phones's Avatar
    I gave android a 4 month run. I owned 3 different devices. The current one being an HTC vivid. I currently switch between a 3gs and my vivid. I can hardly get through a day with the vivid and when I charge it overnight my wife wants to throw it across the room because the vibration wakes her up. All because it crashes and reboots. Don't need lte unless I'm surfing pretty hard.

    I love them both I'm keeping them both. Too much love/hate relationship with both systems to settle on just one.

    Sent from my HTC PH39100 using Android Central Forums
    11-02-2012 12:51 AM
  16. Fairclough's Avatar
    I've discovered, and I tend to not make generalizations, that droidsters like to get under the hood a bit and tinker, learn how to make things work better, and try new stuff. On the other hand it usually seems the ipeeps like to turn it on and push big buttons and everything always works perfect, in their own little world.

    { flame shields UP! }
    I also noticed, Iphone user's are often very uneducated on their products. Generally speaking.
    11-02-2012 01:37 AM
  17. masterpfa's Avatar
    At the very least you have tried this phone and found it wasn't for you. Unlike others who have criticised without even using the device for one second.

    Ultimately the choice is always yours and despite what some may think on these forums your choice is not a bad choice at all. The iPhone is a great bit of kit.

    Don't forget you are always welcome to come back at sometime in the future.
    funkylogik and emathed like this.
    11-02-2012 05:02 AM
  18. rteichman's Avatar
    Everyone, I am trying very hard to keep this phone which is why I posted the original message and the follow ups. My 14 days ends tonight, but yesterday morning while loading an offline map for CityMaps2Go I discovered the compass issue and reached my breaking point. I decided to post rather than head back to AT&T in hopes of getting help, which I did, so thanks.

    The most critical issue I had was Skype and it started working for reasons I can not understand. I had done all the suggested items previously, nothing worked, and BTW, I only use it on WiFi (that is the whole point when I am abroad), second, the startup I work for relies on it, so I can't use anything else.

    It is really down to battery life. I installed and turned on juice defender balanced yesterday evening as recommended. Last night I went to bed and plugged my phone is as I always do. At 6:30am I got up, unplugged the phone and used the power switch to immediately turn off the screen. I did not touch the phone, other than moving it to my home office until 7:50am. I turned it on and had 5% power drain. The phone was at 95% never having used it! I went into the battery monitor and GSam. Both reported the same thing...App usage @ 55% which broke down to Media @ 30% and mediaserver @ 9%. Cell Standby was at 30%, as I had not used the phone screen and everything else was basically 0

    I tried stopping Media, but it keeps coming back. From the notifications there were no downloads or app updates. Why is this app sucking so much power and how do I stop it. It's critical, loosing 5% power per hour when I don't use the phone is a killer. To answer the question of how long I want it to last, that's easy. From the time I unplug it in the morning till the time I go to bed and plug it in. Obviously if I use the phone heavily, I would expect to have to recharge it. However, if I use it only a few hours out of the day (calling, text messages, email, etc.) I need it to run all day. Especially on weekends when I might be out all day (16 hours). It's now a little after 8:00am, I received one call that lasted less than 2 minutes, and sent 2 texts, in addition I looked at the battery monitors. My power is down to 92%. I won't go to bed till 10pm tonight. The battery won't last

    Now from reports here and elsewhere, this is clearly not the norm.... HELP
    11-02-2012 07:15 AM
  19. ihbsbA's Avatar
    Everyone, I am trying very hard to keep this phone which is why I posted the original message and the follow ups. My 14 days ends tonight, but yesterday morning while loading an offline map for CityMaps2Go I discovered the compass issue and reached my breaking point. I decided to post rather than head back to AT&T in hopes of getting help, which I did, so thanks.

    The most critical issue I had was Skype and it started working for reasons I can not understand. I had done all the suggested items previously, nothing worked, and BTW, I only use it on WiFi (that is the whole point when I am abroad), second, the startup I work for relies on it, so I can't use anything else.

    It is really down to battery life. I installed and turned on juice defender balanced yesterday evening as recommended. Last night I went to bed and plugged my phone is as I always do. At 6:30am I got up, unplugged the phone and used the power switch to immediately turn off the screen. I did not touch the phone, other than moving it to my home office until 7:50am. I turned it on and had 5% power drain. The phone was at 95% never having used it! I went into the battery monitor and GSam. Both reported the same thing...App usage @ 55% which broke down to Media @ 30% and mediaserver @ 9%. Cell Standby was at 30%, as I had not used the phone screen and everything else was basically 0

    I tried stopping Media, but it keeps coming back. From the notifications there were no downloads or app updates. Why is this app sucking so much power and how do I stop it. It's critical, loosing 5% power per hour when I don't use the phone is a killer. To answer the question of how long I want it to last, that's easy. From the time I unplug it in the morning till the time I go to bed and plug it in. Obviously if I use the phone heavily, I would expect to have to recharge it. However, if I use it only a few hours out of the day (calling, text messages, email, etc.) I need it to run all day. Especially on weekends when I might be out all day (16 hours). It's now a little after 8:00am, I received one call that lasted less than 2 minutes, and sent 2 texts, in addition I looked at the battery monitors. My power is down to 92%. I won't go to bed till 10pm tonight. The battery won't last

    Now from reports here and elsewhere, this is clearly not the norm.... HELP
    1.) The "Media" usage can be related to corrupt files on your sd card. Have you reformatted your sd card? This was my problem - I formatted my card and I'm not seeing "media" in the list of battery usage anymore.
    2.) Are you in an LTE area? If you are NOT or are in a borderline area, I do suggest turning it off. It's lovely and fast...and beautiful, but when it's looking for a signal (if you're not straight up in a strong LTE area) then it becomes a battery culprit. (personal experience and troubleshooting here)
    3.) Why don't you just carry an extra battery? What is the problem with this? I have a wall charger for my batteries - I also have a desk "dock" that holds/charges my phone while charging another battery. When my battery gets low, I swap the battery - boom, I have another several hours. You have to remember and understand - iOS doesn't do HALF the stuff Android OS does - it WILL use more battery. Get used to it, prepare for it, plan and be done with complaining about it.....lol - just make provisions. You can and will be able to do more with this phone than iOS - I have and use BOTH......I can affirmatively say that I use my 4.? whatever inch screen more than my 10" iPad because I CAN DO MORE on it.
    4.) Are you on ICS or JB? Have you considered rooting?

    Go look at my other posts about battery - I have plenty of power. I stopped ing about battery life a long time ago and started being proactive and making provisions. I use my phone how I WANT TO, I don't tweak it - I don't turn things off, disable things, etc.........I use it how I want and then I swap the battery. Done, problem solved.
    trucky and Serial Fordicator like this.
    11-02-2012 08:56 AM
  20. junkie88's Avatar
    I also just switched from an iPhone about 7 days ago. I have always loved my iPhone but was really disapponited in the 5's screen size. After spending a month reading this fourm and watching various youtube video's I bought the Verizon S3. I really like the phone and want to keep it but the battery is the biggest draw back for me so far. By 10am everyday I am already in the 70's for battery percentange left after minimal use. I feel like I cant use the device the way I want because the battery will drain to fast. Everyday the draw seems to be something different, one day its the screen, the next its Android OS and another day its celluar standby. I want my battery to last from when I unplug it at 6:30am to when I plug it in at 10pm. I know I can shut all these different things off to make it last longer but i never had to do that with the iPhone before and the battery lasted.
    I truly love the look and feel of this device as well as the screen. All the apps I used on iPhone work flawlessly on the new S3. My only other complaint is the SMS I liked the pop up on the iPhone and Ive been playing around with some of the different apps on this phone but none have really grabbed me yet with the work arounds.
    So I also am torn between keeping what is a truly beautiful device with horrible battery life or switching back to a phone that last all day but has what feels like a tiny screen.
    11-02-2012 08:59 AM
  21. nrm5110's Avatar
    My wifes iPhone wont even do what your asking dude 16 hours with a fair amount of heavy use is insane im on a 1500mah battery and get the times I posted using taptalk for forums some texts browsing the web one or two YouTube vids and facebook my bet is if your using Skype which is intensive plus whatever else your doing your phone will need a second battery I dont use juice defender or anything like that but I can tell you a good thing to look at is your screen on and awake bars they should be similar if awake is up where screen on isnt you have something keeping your phone from going into deep sleep

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 2
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    11-02-2012 09:05 AM
  22. ihbsbA's Avatar
    I also just switched from an iPhone about 7 days ago. I have always loved my iPhone but was really disapponited in the 5's screen size. After spending a month reading this fourm and watching various youtube video's I bought the Verizon S3. I really like the phone and want to keep it but the battery is the biggest draw back for me so far. By 10am everyday I am already in the 70's for battery percentange left after minimal use. I feel like I cant use the device the way I want because the battery will drain to fast. Everyday the draw seems to be something different, one day its the screen, the next its Android OS and another day its celluar standby. I want my battery to last from when I unplug it at 6:30am to when I plug it in at 10pm. I know I can shut all these different things off to make it last longer but i never had to do that with the iPhone before and the battery lasted.
    I truly love the look and feel of this device as well as the screen. All the apps I used on iPhone work flawlessly on the new S3. My only other complaint is the SMS I liked the pop up on the iPhone and Ive been playing around with some of the different apps on this phone but none have really grabbed me yet with the work arounds.
    So I also am torn between keeping what is a truly beautiful device with horrible battery life or switching back to a phone that last all day but has what feels like a tiny screen.
    Did you read my post directly above yours? iOS is nothing compared to Android OS. The two are oranges and apples - one is a drawing with color and shading and detail (Android) the other is stick figures (iOS) -- SO many things that you can't compare to iOS. So many reasons your Android device won't be like your iOS device. Thank God.
    Get an extra battery or two. Swap it when you need to, use your phone like you want. Yes iOS makes it all day, so what? There are dozens of things I can't do on an iOS device that I CAN on Android. I will take the battery trade off ANY DAY.

    GO SMS - has your pop ups. This is the ONE thing I hear most iOS people complain about, but I gotta tell ya - I FRICKEN HATE things popping up when I'm doing something else. It stops my video, it gets in my way - but I do know that app has what you want.

    I still feel you have a superior phone in your hands - get over iOS..............move on!
    11-02-2012 09:06 AM
  23. vernotzy21's Avatar
    Please don't go.......we all float down here

    Sent from my SPH-M820-BST using Android Central Forums
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    11-02-2012 09:13 AM
  24. nrm5110's Avatar
    How are people getting these iPhones to last like that my wife is always needing a charger she burns hers out within around 8 hours

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 2
    11-02-2012 09:19 AM
  25. cbass6411's Avatar
    What honestly helps me with my battery life is turning off 3G. I turn that off and my phone will easily last me all day until I go to bed. I just simply don't use 3G unless i'm checking my bank. I only use WiFi, because I can't simply stand the slowness of 3G, and sprint doesn't have 4G LTE in my area yet. But like you said you probably have to use 3G or 4G for whatever you need. :/.
    11-02-2012 09:30 AM
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