Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket hands-on
Honestly, it’s almost difficult to point out the difference between the Skyrocket and AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II – since they’re nearly identical. In fact, one of the most impressive things about this smartphone is that it's barely increased in overall size, which is amazing considering that this is a 4G LTE smartphone we’re talking about. Its overall size remains to be the same, as well as its plastic construction, but rather than finding some sort soft touch or patterned back cover, it’s simply packing a flimsy plastic one. Nonetheless, it’s one likable smartphone mainly because it’s svelte appearance and light weight – without compromising on size.
Again, the handset features the same 4.52” WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display as before, which is alluring thanks to its vibrant color tones and high-contrast. However, its resolution is hardly going to attract the attention of some people, but nevertheless, it’s more than sufficient in making out text. Strangely, gone is the dual-core Exynos processor from before, and instead, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor with 1GB of RAM. Surely some will be saddened by the change, but in our quick look at the TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, it exhibits a fluid response with its operation. Lastly, the handset features an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, which dishes up 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second.
Unless you’re in an area with 4G LTE connectivity, there isn’t much to miss out on with this guy – since it’s relatively close to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II on the outside. For the $50 separating the two, it’ll obviously prove most beneficial to those living in places fortunate to have the coverage. However, we’re curious to know how its 1,850 mAh battery will stack up once it’s fully tested by AT&T’s new LTE network.
2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Is this basically the SGS2 on T-Mobile but on AT&T instead? I mean sure it has 2.3.5 but no exynos. I really don't think the extra .2 inches of screen is worth losing the exynos processor. If you don't know why then you clearly have never used a phone with a exynos processor. I'm not talking about benchmark tests, I mean it is clearly noticeable in every day performance.
I would say the SGS2 is a better deal.
4. ecml490 (unregistered)
It's not Exynos because Exynos can't run on a LTE phone. That's from what I've read ...
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
True and just like with T-mobile's version they chose to opt for a slower processor for higher data speeds when in the end they were not much different in real time speeds.
However, this is LTE and hopefully will be fast but LTE on AT&T is just begining.
30. OllielovesAndriod (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 May 2011)
But t-mobiles is hsdpa + and the original samsung galaxys2 has that, cuz in England im using hsdpa + as I speak... Three has that signal in most of my country :)
31. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
Actually, I saw t-mobiles Galaxy S2 (42 mbps theoretical) hitting 20 mbps, which is pretty different from previous 21mpbs(theoretical) handsets.
8. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)
RORYREVOLUTION: Plesae focus... People are moving forward to the next best & fastest data technology, which is LTE.
The chip that you love so much is not even capable of supporting the newest fastest technology. Why are you telling people to purchase a device to use a great chip, that won't even support the new industry standard????
Come on Bro... SERIOUSLY???
15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
choupino, put it in perspective.
your worried about being able to use a CHIP that ONLY gets coverage in a TEENY TINY part of america. Unless you happen to live in one of their VERY FEW LTE markets, ur just waisting battery life.
And You are trading in THEORETICAL speed increases for A REAL FULL TIME 25%++ PROCESSOR POWER REDUCTION.
There is a HUGE difference between the power of the Crapdragon and Exynos chips. Which are you going to use more often? The internet, or EVERYTHING ON THE PHONE?
If one phone processes information exponentially faster than the other, that means it will also be able to load the web page faster than it as well. Anything over 10mpbs on a phone is bragging rights (unless you tether 24/7). Your phone cant process the information fast enough to make a difference on that speed.
So do you want to brag about your speedtest.net score, or about how powerful the phone is for EVERYTHING else?
Me, I'll take EVERYTHING over an internet speed score.
Its like your making fun of people for chosing the car that can go 150mph AND haul 10,000lbs because another car can go 180mph, but only hauls 3000 lbs. You will never see the top speed of the car, but it will be hauling you and your things everywhere.
34. Jacng7227 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
AWESOME! You explained that very well!! Bravo!!
I have the SG2 At&t and I am debating if I should get the Skyrocket version.. but after reading what you said I think I will stick with the SG2 w/ Exynos chip
I keep hearing that the display quality is different..I checked on At&t website and compared the two phones.. based on their specs it seems to be the same display...Super AMOLED Plus...???
The guy in the crapy video review says its different some how not sure where..can you elaborate???
16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I realize that but let me ask you something? Do you know how many active working LTE markets are available for AT&T at this time? Nope, I can't think of any either. AT&T won't have a good enough amount of LTE markets in most areas for at least 2 years or more.
By the time you finally get LTE with your Skyrocket, guess what? It's completely out dated. I would rather enjoy the beast of a processor that is exynos than have my webpage load 3 seconds faster.
It was no different when the Thunderbolt came out, outdated specs but it had LTE. However at the time, LTE was practically nowhere to be found. Yes, Verizon has made a very aggressive roll out of LTE areas but The Thunderbolt is completely outdated and out classed.
You will not have LTE in your area with AT&T for a long time, so that completely beats the purpose of even having it. You just don't realize how much more faster/powerful the exynos processor is.
20. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
2 years until it's finished, not until it's in most areas that it'll be useful to people. By the end of this year a few million people will have access to their LTE network.
14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
correct, like i tried to tell people on its announcement thread, it is the Hercules from Tmobile, but with LTE instead of 42mb/s HSPA+.
That means android 2.3.5, 4.52inch screen, and 1.5ghz crapdragon processor.
Its a beautiful phone, but that crapdragon processor is a no go for me.
18. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
Just get that this phone is beneficial to people who have LTE coverage for faster data speeds, and get that the sgsII would be a better choice if you don't have LTE coverage because of its faster processor...
24. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
admit it or not, theres hardly no difference on any dualcore chips in real world.. most people will buy a phone because its a dual core and not because its a snapdragon, OMAP, exynos or whatever..
25. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, no there is TONS of difference between the low end crap dragon and the high end exynos. And that equates to better every day performance, better battery savings by far, perfomance for longevity (aka, your phone will be able to handle apps that havent been made yet), and the comfort and stability that comes with the phone that isnt struggling as much as the other.
26. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
The dual core Crapdragon processor doesnt even perform as well as the single core Hummingbird in many tests, much less anywhere near on par with the Exynos or even OMAP.
No difference? Thats lack of knowledge talking.. big time.
32. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I agdee with you on this one luckily me and my wife know the differences between all the processors since we done our research and we both worked in the cellphone industry before. And trust me the average joe doesn't care what kind of processor the phones are running as long as it works to make calls and send texts. Yes there are those phone nerds that walk in and now which phone is the best cuz they know about processors and cameras and about amoled screens so they choose the best ones but those clients were rare. Maybe it was because I worked in an at&t store in the ghetto east LA idk? When I used to work there everyone was obsessed with the iphone we would sell iphones the most. And most people that bought them didn't have papers so they had to use their "matricula consular" which was like a mexican id because we did accept them but they had to give a 500 dollar deposit since they had no credit. But I noticed they didn't care they always had the money some would spend up to 800 bucks just to have an iphone crazy but true!
10. Nathan (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
There is the at&t Samsung Galaxy S2 4G(HSPA+ with 4.27 display), and the at&t Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket 4G LTE(LTE with 4.52 display).
7. Netolic (Posts: 143; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Att sg2 is only 4.3 inches wid dual core 1.00 gzh exynos. While tmobilez and sprint has 4.5 inches
Skyrocket will be 4.5 inches no matter what carrier. Wd dualcore 1.5 gzh snapdragon qualcomm
11. Nathan (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
At&t Samsung Galaxy S2 4G HSPA+ model has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, not 1GHz dual-core processor.
13. msgme (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Oct 2011)
You can't really see the difference between 1.2 GHz and 1.5GHz Dual-Core
Biggest difference is that Graphic accelerator Exynos several times better than Qualcomm based APQ 8060
17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Are you kidding? Have you seen someone using a Epic 4G Touch and the SGS2 from T-Mobile? You can clearly tell the difference in web browsing, switching between homescreens, apps opening, and overall lag differences.
22. msgme (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Oct 2011)
My GS II from ATT is lot smoother than GS II from TMO
TMO GS II which uses APQ8060 sucks compare to GS from ATT with 1.2GHz Exynos. What I meant was that its not really about a GHz difference but GPU difference. And Exynos grpahic accelerator is hell of a lot better than Qualcomm with 1.5GHz.
27. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Gingerbread isnt graphically accellerated yet... nor is it dual core optimized.
All those changes come with ICS, which is going to make the difference in the chips even bigger than it is now. Having the worst dual core chip availible is NOT something thats advisable if your just now buying a phone.. especially with quad cores just weeks away.
19. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
So this means the att version of the Nexus will have LTE too?
21. agentoj (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
1st thing u need to do on any samsung android phone is take off Touch Wiz.
23. phungn (Posts: 26; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
I dunno, I've had the g2x the sensation, vibrant and s2 and I'm diggin touchwiz more then any of the other ones i've tried.
28. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Wow, release another Galaxy phone with higher specs only a month after the release of the original GS2. My beef with some of these companies is that they release a phone with higher specs only months after one another! People were so excited for the Droid Bionic and then a couple weeks after they announce the Droid Razr with which is basically the same with hardware but more slick looking! I'd be annoyed if I was one of the people who bought the Bionic, same with the original GS2 on AT&T. They need to put out one smartphone ahead of it's time and then focus on keeping it up to date! If they put all their attention into one killer phone, we would have some amazing devices out there.
29. jackwill (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Does anyone know if the AT&T version of SkyRocket will have the FM Radio enabled, or will AT&T screw this one up too?
33. Jacng7227 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
Can't you find a better person to do the video review...can hardly understand the guy sounds like he has food is his mouth..horrible!