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HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

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Sizing up evenly with 8-megapixel auto-focus cameras in the rear, the Vivid actually complements its camera with a dual-LED flash – while the Skyrocket is accompanied with only a single one. However, it would seem that the Vivid is more equipped on paper in the photo-taking department because it features backside illumination and a wide-angle F2.2 lens for wider aperture.

Looking over both sunny and nighttime samples, we need to give the HTC Vivid the slight advantage in terms of overall photo quality with its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera – albeit, the two are still able to take some decent looking shots. Despite the purplish hue that’ evident with the Vivid’s outdoor and indoor shots, it packs the sharper looking visuals between the two. However, it’s able to clearly establish itself as the better one mainly because the Skyrocket’s low lighting/nighttime shots are diminished by the noise and graininess that clutter its production.

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In the battle for 1080p high-definition video capture supremacy, the Skyrocket’s results are  better for the simple reason that the Vivid opts for 3GP format for its recording. Despite the fact that the two capture video at 30 frames per second, the 3GP format of the Vivid regretfully strains our eyes with its apparent artifacting, loss of detail, and distorted audio recording. As much as we’re pleased with the Skyrocket’s quality under good lighting, which is decent at the very least, its fallacies are profoundly exposed as its low lighting recordings are painfully filled with noise and grainy details.

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Presentation-wise, the music players on both devices are nearly identical with their layouts – as they display the common set of items on-screen. However, when we look at the total package, the Vivid sports some added benefits with its music player widget and better access with its lock screen. Cranking their volumes to their maximum settings, the Skyrocket has the slightly stronger audio output with its speaker – though, it’s very minimal. Nevertheless, they both produce robust and strain-free tones with their speakers.

The Sense music player found on the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
The Sense music player found on the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
The Sense music player found on the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Samsung's TouchWiz music player - HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Samsung's TouchWiz music player - HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Samsung's TouchWiz music player - HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

There’s no kidding that the two are more than equipped to play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, but the Skyrocket’s Super AMOLED Plus display is able to enchant us more with its punchy color production.

Fortunately, their microSD card slots are unoccupied, which means that we can insert cards up to 32GB in size to supplement their respective internal storage. With the Vivid, it offers 8.83GB of total internal storage out of the box – with another 3.7GB reserved for apps. On the other hand, the Skyrocket’s internal memory is broken down to 11.25GB for storage and 1.78GB strictly for apps.

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