The parts of the Samsung Galaxy S III that actually make me want one are things like the wireless charging and NFC, not any of the new software features. The reason is that a fair share of the software features are already possible on the device I have, the Galaxy S II, and essentially any other Android device.
Take the Smart Alerts, for example. It lets S III users be reminded of missed calls and messages based on whenthey’re close to the phone by detecting phone movement. That’s a perfect example of a Tasker profile, as it essentially says “IF *missed call* AND *phone movement* THEN *notify*.” That’s exactly the kind of automation that Tasker and other apps do, so I set up to try my theory.
Unfortunately you cannot duplicate the functionality 100% because Tasker won’t allow you to use the movement trigger with the screen off, as monitoring the accelerometer would drain the battery fast. Kudos to Samsung for apparently not having the same problem, but this doesn’t mean you can’t get Smart Alerts on your device.
To me, it would make as much sense to use other triggers than movement. For instance, if I leave the house with a missed call still not cleared, or heck, remind me 10 minutes after I normally wake up if I haven’t checked it by then. Lots of possibilities even if phone movement with screen off is definitely a trigger I’d have liked to have available to me if battery life wasn’t an issue.
The video above shows you how to set this up. In the video I actually use phone movement (shaking) as the second trigger (after *missed call*) in order to show how it would work on camera. That second trigger is what you’d mess around with to tailor it to your needs though, while the first trigger should be missed call or missed message.