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Anker 2200mAh Li-ion Battery for Samsung Galaxy S III – Review & Overview

First of all, I would like to thank Sunnie at LaptopMate-UK for sending me the Anker 2200mAh battery to review.

The Anker battery can be bought from AmazonUK for only £8 & on AmazonUSA for $12– which makes this battery extremely affordable for anyone that owns the S3.

The battery itself is no bigger than the original S3’s battery and thus fits in the original S3’s back-cover, and isn’t heavier either.
I have to say I have been using this battery for over 2months now, and thus didn’t want to write a review, before I had fully tested it.
I have to say, this Anker battery for the price is astonishingly good. It provides me with that extra 5-10% extra juice (due to having a 100mAh difference from stock), which gives me that little extra juice.
So when I would be at around 15% normally, I would be at around 20-25% – this little extra juice might not seem like much, however if you use your phone daily, like I do, and especially use it heavily, with GPS, browsing, emails, music and so on – you will notice an improvement in the battery life increasing, by your S3 not losing as much charge.

I have tested this battery both on DarkyROM and Jelly Bean leaks, with comparisons to the stock battery. Overall, I can’t suggest it enough to buy this Anker battery – at the price it is being sold at, and additionally to that, the extra longevity you will receive, it is a must buy for people who run out of juice and need a second battery. Put it this way – after buying the official dock + battery that came with it, I regretted it after receiving this Anker battery.

Unfortunately I haven’t taken many screenshots of the battery usage, but it should be noted, that your battery life will depend on your ROM (ie. JB ran shorter battery life than ICS), and overall usage of the phone – thus even with pictures of my phone, it wouldn’t give you a true representation of how long it will run on your phone, but hopefully, for those that know me, I would only use something that’s worth being used, and this Anker, is by far an excellent product, and thus recommend it to anyone looking for an additional battery for their SGS3!

There is only one downside to this battery – and that is the incapability of using NFC. As we don’t really use NFC that much, if at any time in the UK – I could careless about its inability of its NFC capabilities. However, I’m sure this might concern a few buyers, so do bear that in mind when buying this battery.


Hope you enjoyed the overview and review of the Anker Battery!

Using a USB JIG on a Samsung Galaxy S III – GT-I9300

Here is the video showing it:

I bought the USB JIB, quite a while ago, from eBay, and never really used it on my I9000 – I thus got curious about using it + the flash counter on the I9300.

All-in-all, the S3’s flash counter doesn’t get reset, but the JIG works in booting the S3 straight into download mode, which is exactly what I bought it for (a safety net).

Hope this clears up some things!

Samsung Galaxy S III – GT-I9300 – USB OTG Connector Overview

The Samsung Galaxy S III, is a USB OTG (on-the-go) compatible device, which means using a OTG adapter, will allow you to use the OTG functionalities on offer!

I didn’t have much to test with, nor have an expanded knowledge in OTG functionalities, however I had 3 things, which to me were the most important USB connections I could potentially use:
-The Logitech MX Revolution – Mouse
-The Logitech K350 – Keyboard
-The Kingston DT R500 – USB Stick

I thus set out to buy a USB OTG adapter – however most I found, that were confirmed OTG compliant, were wires and not portable at all.
I took the plunge, trusting myself on ebay, and bought myself this OTG Adapter – to my delight, when it came in, it worked perfectly with all the above 3.

My video should explain and show you my use of the OTG adapter with those devices. I should also point out, that there was a function that I missed out to show on the keyboard, and that is the volume up/down & mute button at the very top of my keyboard were working perfectly!

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New Samsung Galaxy S III I9300XXBLFB Official Update – GT-I9300

There seems like there are A LOT of fixes.

List of noted changes:
(many thanks to shaklebolt over on XDA for compiling most, if not 99% of this list!)

  • Audio crackle sound is pretty much non-existent on stock “pegasusg” scaling I have noticed a few crackles after 3hrs of testing – thus the phone on “deep sleep” with the screen off, triggered it 🙁
  • Camera voice recognition – icon changed
  • Camera voice recognition – feedback
  • Camera – wand – 11 new modes
  • Swype – now works in google search box
  • Swype – now works in address bar for searching
  • Swype – improved accuracy
  • Text messages – attachment icon on the left
  • Text messages – message box width reduced
  • Text messages – delete specific messages in a conversation
  • New widgets – splanner month, splanner task, splanner mini today, digital clock, all share cast
  • Lock screen – camera launches quicker
  • Audio application checkbox
  • Email – update time
  • Email – message body
  • Redraw issue – fixed
  • Adjusted the screen tone
  • Long press power for silent/vibrate
  • Clock – desk clock
  • S planner – week view changed
  • Camera Firmware has updated from GDFE01 to GDFF02

Here are the pictures:

Hope you enjoyed the overview!

How to root & install CWM Recovery on the Samsung Galaxy S III – GT-i9300 – SGS3

Here is the video:

CF root XDA thread
Unboxing, initial impressions & pictures

After rooting my device, being on LE8, the LF2 update came out.
I thus decided to upgrade via KIES, whilst being rooted.
Upon upgrading via Kies, to LF2, where my S3 successfully, whilst being rooted with CF root, lost root, after upgrading officially with Kies.
I thus was on LF2, officially via Kies, but had no more root.

I went ahead, after losing root on the LF2 upgrade, and regained root, via the same method.
I just thought I should mention this for people wondering about losing root after upgrading via Kies.

Hope you enjoyed the guide!