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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

0. phoneArena 11 Nov 2011, 05:18 posted on

Just nearly over a month after bringing aboard the highly respectable Android powered smartphone, AT&T is already bringing in to its lineup an even newer Galaxy S II model. Sporting a $249.99 on-contract price, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket just might make those early adopters of the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II boil over with regret because the Skyrocket packs support for AT&T's 4G LTE network...

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posted on 11 Nov 2011, 09:46 3

9. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


ok i do understand when the battery is a con and screen scratches but design? seriously?

i think design should never be a CON because that category is upto consumers.

my opinion , 8.5.. nothin lower.. still got a dual core, SAMOLED+ LTE.. 4.5 inch display. wat else do u want guy? diamonds carved into the damn thing

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 07:21 2

38. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


No, it lacks the Apple brand on it. The iPhone 4S is not even 4G and got 8.5 and PA said it deserved a higher rating. They were cool Apple commanded LTE is not still needed. I absolutely agree design shouldn't be taken into account for the rating; PA may love iphone design lots of people don't or not anymore like my case.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 10:15 3

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


BLAND LOOKING DESIGN - the same design used on the infuse 4G and the SGS 2 original? Seriously? That is lame to score down for that.
Screen scratches easily? Is it not gorilla glass? If not, then that I could see - phone should be rated at least an 8 to 9.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 10:39 3

12. kathyw (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


7.5? Are you kidding me? You gave the Captivate an 8.5 (my prior phone), and it had all kinds of problems. The Skyrocket gps locks in seconds, the volume is almost too loud, battery lasts much longer, & design is great. It's not $249.99, but $149.99 in the AT&T retail store. It doesn't lag, and thankfully doesn't run out of Ram memory. 4.5 screen is better than 4.3 or 4.0, regardless of pixels that I find no problem with either. I'm sorry but I disagree with your low score.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 12:43 2

16. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Here's the thing, this would've been something if AT&T scrapped the SGSII and decided to bring this one instead. This isn't anything new from what we see out there, but rather, it sports some minor upgrades that warrant the price difference. Either way, it's a grea smartphone, but doesn't necessarily bring anything fresh besides 4G LTE support.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:01 2

19. krzychoo (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)


If this isnt anything new than what would You call the Iphone 4S. Revolutionary ???

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:23 2

22. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Fair enough... so rate it in accordance to the original AT&T GS2 then. When people see a lower score for the Skyrocket they think the original is a better phone, which it is not.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:27

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'd say the Galaxy S II IS a better phone.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 07:56

41. kathyw (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


You've got the price difference wrong. It is $149.99 in the AT&T retail store, it is $50.00 cheaper than GS2. And there is no LTE service in the state of Arkansas.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 14:58

43. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well i'm just going by what the review is saying. i don't even have AT&T. i have Verizon.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:21

13. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


i had this phone for only one day, then went back to best buy and got myself an htc vivid

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:53 1

15. kathyw (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


What did you not like about It? I absolutely love mine and I've had it since the 6th.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 12:59 3

17. prdmshrl (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


I disagree with these scores. The Galaxy S2 from T-Mobile got a score of 8.5 and it is not even LTE. I understand that the fact of the exynos not being part of the hardware might disappoint some people, but there is a reason for the processor to be different and it is to support LTE. Another thing that I can't believe is the "scratches" part of the review. The phone does have Gorilla glass and if it does not, that means that every website and reviewer from other sites are wrong. There is a big difference between "scratch resistant" and "scratch proof". Unless the glass is made out diamond you can always get a scratch.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 20:06 1

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


thanks John. i definitely understand what you guys have to go through when scoring a device but you guys should know i think you're doing a wonderful job. keep up the good work. (:

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 14:23 2

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5712; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, this is not a really worthy buy if AT&T's LTE network growth is any indication. in the case of the Bionic vs. the Galaxy S II i'd choose the Bionic because it replaces Exynos with the very next best available processor the OMAP4 and Verizon's LTE network is available in a lot of areas now so you see i definitely look at the trade offs but with the Skyrocket vs. the Galaxy S II the trade offs don't favor the Skyrocket being that it has a higher clocked S3 which not only drains battery life but it's also not nearly as powerful as Exynos and it's LTE support isn't going to benefit many at all and it's constant search for an LTE signal will drain some more battery life. this is a phone for some but not many. the Galaxy S II is the winner here.


you guys have to remember everything Phone Arena has to factor in when it does a review. reviews are based on whether or not the phone is truly compelling today like back when the Captivate was launched there weren't that many high end Android smartphones so the Captivate was a very nice phone by that time's standards but standards have risen since then, it's the Holidays, amazing new smartphones are on the rise, there's a new iPhone, Android devices plaster the market. those are all factors here now and when you compare this to everything else out there in it's class it's not very compelling at all. in fact i'd say about a 7.0-7.5.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 19:35 2

32. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You hit it right on the mark with your explanation.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 19:50 2

33. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ok, so the SGS2 has Gorilla Glass, but not this model...?? If so, I will pass on this one....I may jump ship for Verizon..lol

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 21:32 1

35. prdmshrl (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Check this detail somewhere else. Phonearena is the only website I've seen that states that this phone does not have Gorilla Glass. Other sources state that the phone does have Gorilla Glass.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 22:16 2

36. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


My Galaxy S2 is in full command.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 23:59 1

37. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket is honestly not worth it even now, compared to the Galaxy S2 i777. Processor is slower than the 1.2 GHz Exynos even at 1.7 GHz o/c, less battery efficiency, bigger screen offers no advantage over the 4.3 inch WVGA of the i777, development will be less because the Skyrocket has little in common compared to the international i9100 SGS2.

posted on 19 Nov 2011, 13:20 1

58. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 468; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


How is it not worth it. It's $149 and has LTE. I know you like your slow charging SGS2 but the skyrocket is great.

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 14:09

44. saiful10 (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Like a diamond.........

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 01:52

45. Jericho (unregistered)


samsung smartphones are awesome

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:07

50. razblack (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


can you make something moar biggerz and fat please... oh and ugly too.. kthnxbye.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 06:35

55. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I just got this phone .... great phone.. PA something is wrong with y'all.....

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