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.
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.
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
Excerpt: Aaron takes an in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket , one of AT&T's two initial 4G LTE devices. Complete with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel shooter with 1080p HD recording capabilities, a front-facing camera for video calling, and...
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.
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: The question every manufacturer of a non-Apple smartphone on AT&T has to answer is “why buy this over an iPhone?” For Samsung and most other Android handset makers, the answer is a big, bright screen, fast speeds, and all the Google integration you could want.
Pros: Big, vibrant Super AMOLED Plus display, Super fast processor, Solid camera
Cons: Display resolution is too low, "4G" speeds are very slow, Body feels cheap and breakable
Conclusion: If you’re wedded to Sprint and need a new phone, or are moving to Sprint, you have several excellent options. If you don’t care about the operating system, then the HTC EVO 3D, the Motorola Photon 4G, the iPhone 4S, and the GSII are all incredibly capable devices.
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...
Excerpt: The third and last US-bound Samsung Galaxy S II is here! Aaron reviews T-Mobile's flavor of the popular Android handset, and while it bears the same name as the international sensation, it offers some unique specifications that differentiate it.
Excerpt: Review time! Aaron takes an in-depth look at T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II , which is available now for $229.99 with a two-year agreement. It offers similar features as the international sensation, but it adds some goodies like a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED...