Just moved to the Android fam. Two quick questions..

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Btw I wanna thank everyone in the forums, all the threads are really helpful and have made my transition from the 4s to the gs3 seamless. Best phone ever owned by Farr!!

Anyways, I just have two quick questions.. I've always heard that it's good to have battery apps like juice defender, are they okay to use or are they worthless?
And also is it okay to use a task killer like advanced task killer or is it better just to stick with the stock one?

Thanks all your help is appreciated!!




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Btw I wanna thank everyone in the forums, all the threads are really helpful and have made my transition from the 4s to the gs3 seamless. Best phone ever owned by Farr!!

Anyways, I just have two quick questions.. I've always heard that it's good to have battery apps like juice defender, are they okay to use or are they worthless?
And also is it okay to use a task killer like advanced task killer or is it better just to stick with the stock one?

Thanks all your help is appreciated!!




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Avoid task killers processes that need killed to make room for apps to run is baked in the os and it will handle it all as far as apps like juice defender that's up to you it can make your superphone into a "dumbphone" by disabling data ,GPS,....etc but they are not bad for your phone I wouldn't use it unless yu really really need to save juice, just dim brightness use wifi where ever possible turn sync off and make sure apps like twitter Facebook and Gmail arnt refreshing every 15 mins unless you need them too and that will help battery

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Btw I wanna thank everyone in the forums, all the threads are really helpful and have made my transition from the 4s to the gs3 seamless. Best phone ever owned by Farr!!

Anyways, I just have two quick questions.. I've always heard that it's good to have battery apps like juice defender, are they okay to use or are they worthless?
And also is it okay to use a task killer like advanced task killer or is it better just to stick with the stock one?

Thanks all your help is appreciated!!




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Welcome to Android. You will love it. I agree with the previous poster. I've had many Android phones. You don't need to install a task killer at all and I think they do more harm than good.
As for the battery app, I don't use those either. Buy a car charger and/or a spare battery and use your phone how you want to use it. Install a brightness control app (after immediately disabling the worthless built in auto brightness) and set it at 50 or 60% unless outside and you will have plenty of battery life. I'm a moderate to heavier user and I always have between 25-50% left at the end of the day. I owned the 4s and had the same results.
Cheers!
 
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Just use the phone as you would an iPhone. No task manager or battery app manager needed!

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Task manager and battery apps just take up space. You have a battery icon and battery percentage to display. Long press the homescreen button and you can remove/swipe the app or apps closed.
 
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Welcome to Android. You will love it. I agree with the previous poster. I've had many Android phones. You don't need to install a task killer at all and I think they do more harm than good.
As for the battery app, I don't use those either. Buy a car charger and/or a spare battery and use your phone how you want to use it. Install a brightness control app (after immediately disabling the worthless built in auto brightness) and set it at 50 or 60% unless outside and you will have plenty of battery life. I'm a moderate to heavier user and I always have between 25-50% left at the end of the day. I owned the 4s and had the same results.
Cheers!

Yeah I have a car charger and I'm getting great battery on my s3 better than I ever did on my 4s. Even with a mophie case I couldn't keep up lol. I was lucky best buy gave me 420 trade in price for my 4s and then price matched the s3 to 550 so only had to pay 100 bucks

One thing I do miss is emoji but I can live without that I love the tons of features and options the s3 gives me just stock. And 4G LTE is at full available all across my county so I get blazing fast speeds.

Another thing that concerns me though that I've seen of my battery life is that the screen is not the main concern of battery drainage. Cell standby is around 30% of it and screen is like the fourth. I'm concerned about that because even though I get a solid 8 hours on 4G LTE I've heard that there is an issue with some batches of phones that are having these problems. So perhaps I should take mine back and exchange it for another one??






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Task manager and battery apps just take up space. You have a battery icon and battery percentage to display. Long press the homescreen button and you can remove/swipe the app or apps closed.

Doesn't a long press on home show a list of recent apps? So you aren't really closing them, you are just removing them from that list.
 

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Yeah, there are a few debates about whether that actually closes apps or just removes them from the list of recently used apps. Some even suggest that it works based on the direction of the swipe, right or left as to whether the app closes or is removed from recent.
 

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Yeah I have a car charger and I'm getting great battery on my s3 better than I ever did on my 4s. Even with a mophie case I couldn't keep up lol. I was lucky best buy gave me 420 trade in price for my 4s and then price matched the s3 to 550 so only had to pay 100 bucks

One thing I do miss is emoji but I can live without that I love the tons of features and options the s3 gives me just stock. And 4G LTE is at full available all across my county so I get blazing fast speeds.

Another thing that concerns me though that I've seen of my battery life is that the screen is not the main concern of battery drainage. Cell standby is around 30% of it and screen is like the fourth. I'm concerned about that because even though I get a solid 8 hours on 4G LTE I've heard that there is an issue with some batches of phones that are having these problems. So perhaps I should take mine back and exchange it for another one??






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Just download go sms, go emoji plug in, and u can send and receive emoji...

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Yeah I have a car charger and I'm getting great battery on my s3 better than I ever did on my 4s. Even with a mophie case I couldn't keep up lol. I was lucky best buy gave me 420 trade in price for my 4s and then price matched the s3 to 550 so only had to pay 100 bucks

One thing I do miss is emoji but I can live without that I love the tons of features and options the s3 gives me just stock. And 4G LTE is at full available all across my county so I get blazing fast speeds.

Another thing that concerns me though that I've seen of my battery life is that the screen is not the main concern of battery drainage. Cell standby is around 30% of it and screen is like the fourth. I'm concerned about that because even though I get a solid 8 hours on 4G LTE I've heard that there is an issue with some batches of phones that are having these problems. So perhaps I should take mine back and exchange it for another one??

How long have you had your phone? Full battery potential takes a few days. I font have LTE where I live so I can't compare but it will consume more battery. FWIW, I had over 30% standby usage last night when I checked mine.




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I tried downloading go sms and the emoji plug-in but my gf who has a 4s cant see them so I'm not sure if I didn't install correctly

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my two cents.

Android needed task killers a long time ago...not anymore so atk isn't needed. On gingerbread juicedefender was a must, not so sure about ics. Some power saving features are built in and work well

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I tried downloading go sms and the emoji plug-in but my gf who has a 4s cant see them so I'm not sure if I didn't install correctly

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Try Handcent and download their emoji plug in. That's what I'm using. Works like a charm. Other than the stock sms app Handcent and go sms are the most used. Both highly approved in the android community.
 

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Here's a good explanation:

Android was designed from the ground up as an operating system (OS) for mobile devices. Its built-in application and memory-management systems were engineered with battery life as one of the most critical concerns.

The Android OS does not work like a desktop operating system. On a desktop OS, like Windows, Mac OS X, or Ubuntu Linux, the user is responsible for closing programs in order to keep a reasonable amount of memory available. On Android, this is not the case. The OS itself automatically removes programs from memory as memory is needed. The OS may also preload applications into memory which it thinks might soon be needed.

Having lots of available empty memory is not a good thing. It takes the same amount of power to hold ?nothing? in memory as it does to hold actual data. So, like every other operating system in use today, Android does its best to keep as much important/likely-to-be-used information in memory as possible.

As such, using the task manager feature of SystemPanel to constantly clear memory by killing all apps is strongly NOT RECOMMENDED. This also applies to any other task killer / management program. Generally speaking, you should only ?End? applications if you see one which is not working correctly. The ?End All? feature can be used if your phone/device is performing poorly and you are uncertain of the cause.


http://www.droid-life.com/2011/06/02/revisiting-android-task-killers-and-why-you-dont-need-one/

Bottom line, don't worry about killing tasks or task killers.
 

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Thanks a lot for the explanation. I found myself using the task killer way too many times but I found out the phone often struggling to open the widgets back up so I guess it is honestly a bad thing. I'll stop my bad habit lol

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Try Handcent and download their emoji plug in. That's what I'm using. Works like a charm. Other than the stock sms app Handcent and go sms are the most used. Both highly approved in the android community.

But none of these fix the inability to see emoji like for example on twitter and instagram right? There's no workaround for this?

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