LG Nitro HD vs Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

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:



1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i like the SGS2 more :)

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

my sgs2 epic has the exynos. what now xD the skyrocket compared to mine sucks

28. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

The EXYNOS chip is NOT compatible with LTE. There is no way that a currently available LTE smartphone will have an EXYNOS chip in it until the manufacturer decides to develop one. However, even then, it will not be called EXYNOS, as that was the label for that chipset. A new LTE compatible chipset might just be called something else!!! Which would you prefer??? The increased multiplied data speeds or the more efficient chip?

32. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Data speeds, but only if it were unlimited data...

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

If the LG Nitro HD had no Optimus UI, I'd take it rather than the skyrocket. I'm not much into overrated phones.

21. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Me neither, I hate how the sgs2 is so overrated...

34. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

That means you dont buy Apple products lol.............

4. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Go Samsung and no 2560x1600 display for iPad 3.

5. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

also when you pair a 1.6ghz exynos (overclocked) and mali gpu (overclocked yet again using tegrak) using a stock gingerbread custom rom you have the fastest phone on the planet

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

roughly 4500+ on quadrant standard and 8000+ on antutu

29. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i top 8500+ [antutu] and 5000+ [quadrant] on my lowly rooted and rommed g2x.

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Now, what did PA have to be smoking to recommend an LG handset over a Samsung one? Ok, the screen on the Nitro is nice, and they really have knuckled down on the performance issues which plagued the Optimus 3D If I were choosing one I'd get the Skyrocket, because whichever way you look at it, this thing is LG, now you may find me a little cruel and biased, but I've got past experience to go on, but my perception of them will change if they keep producing beauty's like this!

8. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

ive toyed around with the g2x the revolution and the sprint version of the optimus. they all sucked LG UI=slow, my sgs2 epic 4g touch on other hand has no lag at all

19. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

thats not true i have the lg revolution for verizon and theres no sign of lag so stop making up stuff

24. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Umm out of all the LTE Verizon phones out there, I would never brag about having an LG Revolution....

30. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

g2x does not have lg's optimus ui. its stock gingerbread. most of the optimus 1 series is vanilla as well.


Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The epic 4g touch has an exynos dumbass

12. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Demonstrating prejudice, I see? LG make great phones, and the Nitro is the better device of the two. Don't be playa hatin', just 'cause it's LG. Sammi did a crappy job, blame them, foo.

18. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

the main reason why the Optimus 3D has performance issues is bcos of FROYO. and btw LG makes great phones too. and Samsung also has their fair share of s**t ass phones. i had 2 Samsung phones and they both sucked. as of now i have 2 LG phones and all are working fine

22. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

So you admit it's good, but because they didn't make many or any other good phones, you wouldn't go with them?

9. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

if that resolution had super amoled plus

10. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

The Nitro HD is what the Thrill 4G should have been from the beginning

11. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Only SGN for me.

13. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011


14. Eventhorizon

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

They are both good phones, i looked both over carefully, but chose the skyrocket in white. I'm a white male 50 years old been married 25 years, two sons one in college, white yea white. yesterday i had 5 bars of LTE and had download speeds of 48.65mbps and uploads 8.88mbps. It was no fluke I re-ran the test sitting at a stop light 4 times all 4 were near the same. I live in north Dallas. The coverage up here is simply amazing.

20. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

?????????????????? not believable

15. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

YES! Finally, a PHONE BATTLE! Nitro? Really? Maybe for watching porn, but there's more to a phone than porn. Does this mean that Super AMOLED Plus is no longer necessary or beneficial versus IPS? PhoneArena picked a PHONE with a crackling tone! How does that win a PHONE BATTLE?

23. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Actually, I think porn would look nicer on the samoled+, hd is good for fine text and just over nice clarity, anyways, I agree with phonearena. Go make your own website and reviews if your not satisfied. I doubt anyone would be a fan of your site...

16. Eventhorizon

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Hey what happened to the Galaxy Nexus coming out today on Verizon? Hum bogus rumors and speculation.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I think LG has really become a respectable phone maker again. I agree their UI is bland and adds nothing, but their devices are really smoother in their performance. I liked the Thrill a ton, and my friend's Revolution is not a bad phone either. It will be interesting to see how dependable it will be. The Skyrocket is a okay device. Samsung sure is reputed to be a more reliable phone maker.

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