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Nick Fischer
Apr 12
Nick Fischer
Overall
4.8
Nick Fischer

"Still the best Android phone available on AT&T until the One X arrives"

Although it was eclipsed by the Skyrocket about a month after it was released, I still find this phone to be superior to the Skyrocket, or even to the eventually coming Skyrocket HD for a few different reasons:

1. Display- Although the Skyrocket has a larger display it has the same resolution as the original S II, meaning it is less sharp. Not to mention I have heard many reports about the quality of the display not being good at all (banding, other issues)
2. The Processor- Although the Skyrocket has a higher clock (1.5 vs our 1.2) , it can barely keep up with the performance of the S II. Why you ask? It all has to do with the type of processor used. The S II packs an Exynos (Samsung built), while the Skyrocket uses a Snapdragon (S3 i believe, built by Qualcomm). I'll get into why they did this later on. This all equates to needing a higher clock speed (which equals more battery drain) to barely keep up. The S II is just butter in almost everything it does.
3. Battery Life- The original S II is powered by a 1650 mah battery (which also features NFC but it looks like it will be disabled until the final ICS update is rolled out). and while it is smaller than the battery found in the Skyrocket, it also has a smaller screen, a more power efficient processor and NO 4G LTE, meaning all around, it's more power efficient than the Skyrocket. Although, I would like battery life to be a little better, I certainly can live with what I get.
4. Similarities to the International version of the S II- I root/flash all my phones, so this may not matter to everyone but the S II is 95% the same in terms of hardware as the GT-I9100 (International model originally released in Europe). Instead of the one physical home button and two capacitive buttons, AT&T replaced it with the menu, home, back, and search keys in that order from left to right (a common occurance when Samsung's phones hit US carriers). AT&T as always, has to change the hardware for the ability to connect to their networks. Otherwise they are basically the same internally. On the other hand the Skyrocket is about 2% compatible with the GT-I9100 (some touchscreen drivers I believe), otherwise the only phone it is similar to is the Galaxy S II on T- mobile (both are virtually identical and can be used on the other's carrier if the the modem firmware is flashed, but I'm not going to get into that)
5. 4G LTE- This is the reason the Skyrocket (as well as AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note) do not have Exynos processors, which to me, was a big mistake. But that's personal opinion, to me it isn't worth sacrificing a much better processor for battery hogging, phone thickening data speeds. Not to mention 4G has not even reached me nor will it for a while.

That's my review I hope whoever reads it enjoyed my view on this. Overall I'm completely satisfied with this phone and is a huge step up from my previous HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung Captivate.


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