Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket with LTE for AT&T doesn't disappoint
23 November 2011
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is the fourth Galaxy S II device to hit U.S. carriers, and the fifth one that we have reviewed here at MobileBurn. Though the Skyrocket shares many similarities with the previous models, especially the version carried by T-Mobile, it has one key differentiator ? it is the first Galaxy S II with 4G LTE ( INFO ) support in the U.S.
Pros: Speed to spare, great display, solid battery life
Cons: Plasticky construction, can be large for some, LTE coverage is pitiful
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket review: Aiming for the stars
17 November 2011
Conclusion: With the addition of an LTE enabled Galaxy S II to the U.S., Samsung has literally a version for every possible taste out there. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket however, is clearly the best equipped for the future with its spanking new radio on board. AT&T’s 3G network has seen quite a lot of strain in the past several years, mostly due to the demand for the iPhone and the explosion of use of network data.
Cons: No dedicated camera key, No NFC support out of the box (a future update should address this issue), WVGA screen resolution is not on par with the rest of the competition in this class
Summary: Samsung’s Epic 4G for Sprint was one of the best smartphones of all time, and now the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch looks to pick up right where its predecessor left off. This $199 device loses the physical keyboard but gains a much larger display (4.5 inches vs. 4 inches), a speedier dual-core 1.2-GHz processor, and an 8-MP camera that can shoot 1080p video.
Pros: Amazingly fast performance all around, High quality camera and camcorder with 1080p, Good call quality and battery life, 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus is easy on the eyes, Just 9.6mm thin and 4.5oz light
Cons: WVGA display resolution, resulting in 206 ppi, No dedicated camera key and small volume rocker, TouchWiz doesn’t hurt the phone’s performance, but we could do without it
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is an excellent smartphone. If you're in an LTE area and are in the market for a new phone, go get one. The Super AMOLED Plus display is livin' large here, and we enjoy it despite the old school resolution. Voice quality is good, reception is solid and LTE simply flies. Though fraught with plastics, the Skyrocket is attractive and it's light and slim despite its big phone dimensions.
Pros: Extremely fast LTE speeds, colorful display, good battery life by LTE standards.
Cons: AT&T's LTE coverage footprint is in its infancy, 800 x 480 resolution is getting old.
Excerpt: Just about a month ago , Samsung announced that its Galaxy S II family of Android phones had surpassed 10 million sales globally, a blockbuster number by any metric. In the US, Sprint is the exclusive carrier for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch . The Galaxy S II Epic, as its name suggests, is bigger than normal, with a 4.52″ screen. From here on, I’ll just refer to it as the GSII . Let’s give it a closer look.
Pros: Gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus display, Incredibly light, Very good battery life, Screaming fast processor
Cons: Resolution is low for such a large screen, TouchWiz is uninspiring
Excerpt: Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone debuted in the U.S. with Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile in September and we finally got our hands on a review sample. The Samsung smartphone runs on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system and includes an 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video, front facing 2 MP camera, and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface.
Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile) review - huge screen, 1080p HD video for the win
20 October 2011
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile USA is a large, wonderful device. It is based upon the global edition of the GS2 that I reviewed some time ago, but a few of the original's components have been swapped out or upgraded - mostly to good effect.
Pros: Huge and colorful display, thin design, very fast, great reception, 1080p HD video, large battery
Cons: Boring design, large pixels on the screen, not the best low light focusing