HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Even though the two 4G LTE smartphones are utilizing the same third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon (S3) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, the difference is that the Skyrocket has its dual-core CPU running at the higher clocked speed of 1.5GHz – whereas, the Vivid is only running at 1.2GHz. With that in mind, we can see that the Skyrocket exhibiting the more fluid performance, as some subtle choppiness is seen with the Vivid. Clearly, there’s no denying that Sense is more graphically intensive than the TouchWiz UI on the Skyrocket, which probably contributes to its slightly less responsiveness. Nonetheless, we’re not saying that it’s painfully slow, instead, it doesn’t exhibit the same level of fluidity and spot-on responsiveness that we see on the Skyrocket.
Continually showing us why they’re a major player in the Android landscape, HTC has always taken pride in constantly improving its Sense user interface – and it’s clearly evident when we compare it to Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Visually, TouchWiz still embodies some of the traits of a UI that’s still in its infancy because of its cartoony appearance, but that’s not the case with HTC’s Sense UI. In fact, everything about it feels as though a lot of thought has been put behind every widget, animation, and gesture. And to tell you the truth, it’s almost night and day between the two as every aspect of Sense is deeper and more refined to not only offer a pearly customized look, but rather, a tangible experience that’s embodies the complete package.
Thanks to their ginormous 4.5” displays and mighty dual-core processors, there’s nothing to stop us from quickly and effortlessly writing up messages with minimal mistakes. Spacious enough to accommodate even the biggest of thumbs, we don’t have much of an issue using any of the keyboard options found on both devices. On one hand, the Vivid only packs the Sense keyboard, but the Skyrocket provides plenty of options with its stock, Samsung, and Swype keyboards. Plus, with their instantaneous response, it’s difficult to not mention that they’re able to keep up with our swift rate.
Internet and Connectivity:
Needless to say, the biggest standout with both phones are their 4G LTE connections, but since we’re not in an area blessed with that coverage, we’re left to rely on good old HSPA+ connections. Still, we’re amazed by the results, as they’re able to get maximum download and upload speeds of 11Mbits/s and 1.5Mbits/s respectively. As much as we’re content with their similar results in the data speed department, we have to give the overall web browsing experience to the Skyrocket seeing that it’s more fluid and gracious with its navigational controls.
Since they’re both meant to work with AT&T’s network (4G LTE included), neither one has an advantage over the other, but it’s nice to know that they’re compatible to work on other GSM networks around the world. In addition, they both sport the same exact connections like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.
5. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Me want sgs3. I played with the sgs2 in depth and aside from touchwiz I love it. Sprint verison fyi. So sgs3 im sure will be great. Htc has dissapointed lately with their poor bat life but i do love sense. moto hasnt been on par with sammy either. Unless the ip5 has 1.5ghz dual core 4g lte 4 inch display and great bat life i am going to get the sgs3 and root touchwiz off.
7. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
we can expect SGS3 soon and not iphone5. By the time apple release iphone5 samsung may go to Galaxy s5, who knows
9. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Well sammy just realesed the sgs2 in the states so dont hold your breath it may be awhile. The sgs3 hasnt even been realesed around the world yet and it took a while for it to get to the usa so i would expect a good time to pass before we get it. Anyway when I am due for an upgrade the sgs3 and iphone 5 should be the heavyweights on verizon.
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh would you look at that. even Phone Arena thinks it's worth $50 to get away from the combination of Sense and Snapdragons. xD
18. Nathan (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
I'm going to go with the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, the LG Nitro HD seems tempting but the LG part is the turn off.
20. snowgator (Posts: 3558; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
One of these two are most likely the phone I get for my wife if we stay on AT&T. She is all in on a huge screen (she has a friend that she wants to beat, and her friend has a 4.3". I find that really, really amusing!!) and she wants the best camera on a phone as well. She also needs a flash player. Kinda lean to the Vivid only due to most reviews raving about the camera.
21. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
I used all the GSII variants on AT&T and noticed they don't have macro mode for the camera. Has anyone else noticed this?
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i got to take a look at both of these yesterday and i liked the feel of the Vivid more. the Skyrocket felt like Samsung at their near worst. xP
23. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Wasn't the Vivid initially advertised as 60FPS 1080P? I look at specs now and it shows 30FPS and 60FPS is only 720P???
24. runtan (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Thank you for a truly thorough review. I'm going to go with the Samsung too. But, I think I always was anyway. It came down to the fluidity of the platform. Thanks again!
25. jmblaney86 (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
i have the Samsung Galaxy S2 and if i knew a month later theyd come out with the Skyrocket i would have definately waited for the fast Skyrocket. With that said i have never really liked Samsung due to the fact they are absolutely the slowest in Android update releases. Since September when i purchased this phone i have loved ever second of it, unfortunately i had some wear and tear issues with the charging port, i use it alot at work and like an idiot ill keep charging cord plugged into port while putting phone in pocket, so that was only issue i had which was clearly my fault, i sent it into geek squad to be fixed which i know thats another topic for different time but if it canot be fixed and they replace phone i will go with skyrocket. my girlfriend wants new phone which is why i went searching for reviews and due to this i think she will end up coming over to samsung with me, even tho she has this weird sense that having same phones is wierd... yea you know now what i deal with on a daily so thanks to this review im definagtely going to do whatever i can to update my galaxy s2 to skyrocket.
26. oFreddEo (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Galaxy S2 for the Display (Super Amoled Plus) and htc for music (SRS inhancement, Beats Audio etc.)
27. icecoldusa (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I got a Samsung Skyrocket, I thing its a waste of money, right now 100 more than Galaxy S2 and HTC Vivid, but I am learning not to buy Samsung phones, because they promise but they never update the software, they instead make a new device with the new hardware. I always have Samsung and it never got updated to the new software, not even the infuse, so I go with the HTC VIVID, I just replaced my Skyrocket for the Vivid, and I am not looking back.