One of the critical safety features of any phone is the ability to place a call by voice command while driving.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has two major failings in supporting this basic need. Problems with S Voice and problems placing calls from a locked phone using a bluetooth headset.
S Voice supports voice dialing, although rather poorly. S Voice is slow to process what I've said (unlike voice typing in every other app) and frequently fails due to "network error".
But worst of all, if I set S Voice to never auto-dial (because I want to confirm that it hasn't misrecognized who I am trying to call), rather than reading me the name it matched and asking me if I want to dial, it only displays the match on-screen, which is useless when driving.
Even if I am willing to trust S Voice to auto-dial, there is still a fatal flaw in voice dialing that I haven't found a way around.
In the phone app, under call settings, Accessory settings for call, Outgoing call conditions, you are able to set whether, when using a bluetooth headset, you are able to use the headset's call button to place a call when the phone is locked.
The problem is the phone's definition of "locked".
If the phone's security is set to only need to swipe the screen to unlock, this feature works as you would expect. However, anyone who is concerned about security of their data would never consider this setting as locked.
If you have your phone's security set to require anything other than a swipe, be it face recognition, PIN, pattern or password, you are unable to place a call using your bluetooth headset's call button.
In other words, there is no safe way to place a call while driving unless you leave your phone with no security.
Ignoring for the moment the significant shortcomings of S Voice for dialing, as delivered to the customer you can not safely use your Galaxy S3 to place a call while driving.
Has anyone found a way to place a call when the screen is locked with a PIN?
Better yet, has anyone found a voice dialing app that works on the Samsung Galaxy S3 as a replacement for S Voice?
Any suggestions on how to get the Galaxy S III to match the capabilities of every other phone I've ever owned will be greatly appreciated.