Hey everybody, it's Michael with .
PN and I'm tired.
I was going to wait until tomorrow to record so I would appear fresher and not get so manycomments about how I look spacy in my videos, but then I thought .
No, this is the perfect allegory for today's video.
Humans get tired.
Know what else gets tired?Smartphones.
This is the Galaxy S 3 and in my short time testing it, I've found its endurance to beon the high side of fair.
It's lasted longer on average than my Galaxy Nexus, but doesn't quite live up to the performanceof the HTC one x I tested a few weeks back.
Today we're gonna look at a few ways to get the most out of this battery.
So, there are certain steps that we've all gotten accustomed to taking to maximize enduranceon our smartphones when we really need to save every watt.
Sure, there are a lot of apps out there that will do the job, but for this video we'llstick to stock.
Some of these steps include measures like shutting off as many radios as possible: thatincludes things like WiFi and Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS.
Some of these radios have more effect on the battery than others, but they all impact itsomewhat.
Other things like making sure your email polling intervals are set to medium or long, and thatyou're not automatically syncing with Facebook or Google + in the background.
Another huge drain on your power reserves is the display.
The SGS3 uses an AMOLED panel, so it doesn't suck as much juice as an LCD with a backlight,but it's still bound to be the biggest energy hog on the phone.
Turning down the brightness is a big way to cut back on that consumption, and while we'reon the display, killing any live wallpapers will save you some clock cycles, and thereforepower, as well.
Finally, there are the accessory features.
On the Galaxy S3, that includes things like S-Voice, SmartStay, the LED, and more standardelements like the vibration motor.
All of these can be tweaked manually, but the Galaxy S3 makes life easier for us intwo main ways.
The first is the dashboard of toggles in the Android notification bar up top.
These allow us to quickly and easily enable and disable features that we only need atcertain times, like wf and bt and gps .
and it also lets us do some triage if we reallyget into a critical state, giving us a means to kill notifications, mobile data, and syncas well.
You'll notice it also lets us jump right into something called "Power saving.
"That's the second way the Galasy S 3 makes life easier on those looking to conserve battery.
As on most Samsung phones, there's a handy little readme file hidden away in the powersaving menu that tells you all about what the mode does.
In brief, enabling power saving mode does four main things: it reduces the maximum clockspeed of the CPU, which does slow down the device a bit, but it saves power and won'tcripple you unless you try to play a graphically intense game.
It also reduces the frame rate and lowers the brightness on the display, switches youremail and browser backgrounds to black to reduce the number of illuminated pixels onthe AMOLED display, and disables haptic feedback to stop the vibrate motor from wasting amphours.
It's not as fancy or as elaborate as the Smart Actions on the Motorola Droid RAZR line, butit's a pretty wide array of power-saving options.
To really get the most out of the device, you'll also want to hop into settings, thendisplay, and make sure Auto Adjust Screen Power is checked, and also that your brightnessis set to a low level.
Using Smart Stay is a good idea, to keep the device paying attention to when you are andaren't looking at it.
If you're really trying to squeeze every second out of the phone, you can adjust the backlighton the capacitive keys to time out sooner, as well.
Finally, and for now, this is specific to the SGS3, you'll want to hop into S-Voice,go to settings, and make sure that you've either disabled the wake-up command, or selectedOnly Listen While Charging.
Samsung goes out of its way to tell you that S-Voice may drain battery, so this is a stepyou don't want to miss.
And if all else fails, there's always Airplane Mode.
Turn it on, then turn it off periodically to check for messages, then turn it back on.
It's the time-honored tradition of power-starved smartphone owners everywhere.
If you've got some more tips for saving power on your smartphone, be it a Galaxy S 3 orsomething else, drop us a line in the comments on the post at Pocketnow.
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This has been Michael Fisher with Pocketnow; I'm gonna go get some sleep.
See ya next time.