Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket hands-on
Well, it certainly must ache to be an early adopter of AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S II – that’s because AT&T recently announced the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Along with the HTC Vivid, the AT&T bound Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is going to kick things off for the carrier because it’s one of their first smartphones to offer 4G LTE connectivity. Launching nationwide starting on November 6th, this handset will undoubtedly catch the attention of customers who happen to be in an area that has AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage, especially with its $249.99 on-contract price.

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.

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Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7.00h talk time)




Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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 ...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: May 07, 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: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 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: May 28, 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???

12. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Totally agree with you choupino.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 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: Oct 04, 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???


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Aug 31, 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: Oct 13, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 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!

3. rquinn19

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Att's SGS2 was not a 4.5" display

10. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 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).

6. Falcon

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I thought the ATT SGSII had a 4.3" screen?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30955; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

4.27 inches

7. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 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: Jul 14, 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: Oct 25, 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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: Oct 25, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

So this means the att version of the Nexus will have LTE too?

21. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

1st thing u need to do on any samsung android phone is take off Touch Wiz.

23. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

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