LG Nitro HD vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Introduction and Design

Colliding head first towards one another, there’s no arguing that it was bound to happen – especially now that AT&T is finally in the game with its 4G LTE network. In our last comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket was able to outclass the HTC Vivid as being the premier device to side with if you’re in the market to pick up a 4G LTE smartphone from AT&T, but this time around, it’s facing stiffer competition against the LG Nitro HD. As we’ve seen in our recent review of the Nitro HD, it has the hardware and balanced performance to enthrall out interests, however, will it be able to topple the Skyrocket in claiming the coveted top spot to itself?


Neither device actually stands out with their appearances, seeing that they follow very similar conventional designs, but what’s nice is that these 4G LTE smartphones are extremely lightweight. Yes, they both employ a plastic build, but we actually take a liking to the LG Nitro HD’s plastic textured back cover, which enables it to retain a cleaner look than the Skyrocket thanks to its rigidity. Furthermore, it doesn’t feel as prone to scratching versus the smooth back cover on Samsung’s beauty.

Sizing up evenly with their 4.5” displays, they’re naturally spacious – yet, overly large for some people. Nevertheless, that’s where the similarities end as the Nitro HD boasts a 720p (720 x 1280) True HD IPS display versus the WVGA (480 x 800) Super AMOLED Plus display of the Skyrocket. Even though our eyes melt over the overly saturated color tones produced by the Skyrocket, we actually take comfort in knowing that the IPS display of the Nitro HD dishes up the more realistic and accurate colors. In addition, its superior pixel density enables the Nitro HD to be visually detailed in keeping fine text exquisitely sharp.

Since the LG Nitro HD offers only three Android capacitive buttons, as opposed to the typical four found with the Skyrocket, it’s less prone to accidental presses seeing they’re spaced far away from one another.

Although the two smartphones offer front-facing cameras, a 2-megpixel snapper on the Skyrocket and 1.3-megapixel on the other, it’s only the Nitro HD that’s able to shoot 1080p videos with it.

Showing off their similarities, we like the tactile feel of each handset’s physical buttons, and on top of that, their microUSB ports offer video-out functionality with the aid of an optional MHL adapter.

Going further, they share the same 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash in their rears, while removing their rear plastic covers, we’re granted access to their batteries, SIM card slots, and microSD slots.

LG Nitro HD 360-degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 360-degrees View:

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