x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Posted: , posted by John V.

Tags:

Pages
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
Introduction:

Filling in the gaping hole that was found in the hearts of many AT&T customers for some time, the recent availability of the Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T seemingly plugged up the void with its awe-inspiring presence. It was as if all of their desires, needs, and wants were answered by the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Well, 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.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
The package contains:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headset
  • Quick Start Guide

Design:

Knowing that it's packing a larger display over the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II, the Skyrocket is marginally larger in size – though, it's not as massive looking compared to the Infuse 4G. Fortunately, for something that's packing a 4G LTE radio inside of it, the Skyrocket is impressively streamlined (0.37" thick) and lightweight (4.6 oz). However, its overall design doesn't deviate from what we've seen already with other variants of the popular Samsung Galaxy S II line. Specifically, it features an all-plastic exterior that contributes in keeping its figure in shape, but to tell you the truth, it's nothing premium.

For something that's packing a 4G LTE radio inside of it, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is impressively streamlined and lightweight  - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
For something that's packing a 4G LTE radio inside of it, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is impressively streamlined and lightweight  - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
For something that's packing a 4G LTE radio inside of it, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is impressively streamlined and lightweight  - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

For something that's packing a 4G LTE radio inside of it, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is impressively streamlined and lightweight


Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The Skyrocket manages to pack a larger 4.5" WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display. Obviously, its resolution (400 x 800) is hardly going to impress anyone nowadays, aspecially at this size, resulting in 207 ppi. And just like before, its color production is immaculate to reel in our eyes with its iridescent colors, high contrast, and strong brightness output. However, after spending a few days in our pockets, we notice the display showing signs of scratching, which is partly due to the fact that it doesn't offer the durability of things like Gorilla Glass.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket packs a 4.5
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket packs a 4.5
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket packs a 4.5

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket packs a 4.5" WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display


Due to the nature of the capacitive Android buttons being in close proximity to the bottom edge of the phone, we still have a tendency of accidentally pressing them. Meanwhile, on the opposite side, we find the handset's earpiece and front-facing 2-megapixel camera.

Capacitive Android buttons - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
Front facing camera - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

Capacitive Android buttons

Front facing camera


The volume rocker on the left edge  is pronounced and offers a tactile response when pressed. Conversely, the dedicated power button (on the right)is rather flat to the touch – though, it still exhibits a springy feel when pressed. Also, we find the handset's 3.5mm headset jack, noise cancellation microphone, and microUSB port on its top and bottom edges. With the latter, you can use an optional MHL-to-HDMI adapter to output high-def video to a TV or get a mirrored experience.

3.5mm jack (top) - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
Power key (right) - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
microUSB slot (bottom) - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
Volume rocker (left) - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

3.5mm jack (top)

Power key (right)

microUSB slot (bottom)

Volume rocker (left)


Back - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review
SIM and microSD card slots - Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

Back

Battery compartment

Rear camera

SIM and microSD card slots



Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 360-degrees View:



55 Comments
  • Options
    Close





Want to comment? Please login or register.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

OS: Android 4.1.2 2.3.6 2.3.5
view full specs
PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (207 ppi) Super AMOLED Plus
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual-core, 1500 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size5.15 x 2.75 x 0.37 inches
(131 x 70 x 9 mm)
4.66 oz  (132 g)
Battery1850 mAh, 7 hours talk time

Latest stories