gGadget > Samsung® Galaxy S II Skyrocket Specifications
Samsung didn’t put forth a whole lot of effort to promote their Galaxy S II Skyrocket when it was released near the end of 2011. However, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket pretty much promotes itself. It’s one of the most fast, attractive, and technologically advanced smartphones on the market right now. This Samsung Galaxy phone may suffer from some common smartphone issues like rapid battery drainage, but it makes up for it in other areas like 4G LTE connectivity and super fast processing speeds. There’s a lot to know about the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. So, we’re going to try to break it all down for you.
Unlike most popular smartphones that are only offered in black, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is sold in two colors: white and black. Both the white and black versions of the Skyrocket are visually appealing, and the versions do not differ in any way except for body color.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is one of three phones that are compatible with AT&T’s 4G LTE network. 4G LTE network speeds are around ten times faster than 3G network speeds. So, if you live in a 4G LTE area, your Skyrocket will be able to reach unbelievably fast internet and download speeds. As of now, AT&T’s 4G LTE network is only in 28 areas of the U.S. AT&T has a strategic plan to bring 4G LTE speeds to most parts of the U.S. by the end of 2012. Skyrockets achieve modestly fast 4G speeds in areas that are not 4G LTE connected.
The Skyrocket comes with the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS. This might be disappointing if you would prefer the most recent Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. According to some sources, the Skyrocket will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in March of 2012. If these rumors are true, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket won’t have the outdated Android OS for long. If you’re thinking about purchasing a Skyrocket before the Android update arrives, you can rest assured that the latest version of Gingerbread provides just about everything you want out of an Android experience (without some of the perks that come with ICS).
The Skyrocket’s dimensions are 5.11 x 2.71 x 0.37. It’s a rather long and thin phone, and it’s relatively lightweight, weighing in at 4.6 ounces.
The Skyrocket’s 4.5 inch display makes the iPhone’s display seem pint-sized. Its larger display definitely makes watching videos on the phone enjoyable. The Skyrocket’s display is Super AMOLED Plus, which means on-screen images are clear and vibrantly colorful.
A 1850 mAh battery keeps the Galaxy S II Skyrocket powered up. The Skyrocket’s battery allows for seven hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time. Although its battery isn’t small or weak, it’s hard to get the Skyrocket to last more than a day if you use it regularly. The 4G LTE network and its large display use up a lot of battery power pretty quickly.
The Skyrocket boasts a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor that keeps its operating speeds fast and enables users to multi-task on their phones without delays. This phone’s processor is about as fast and efficient as it gets right now in the smartphone realm.
The major attraction on the back of the Skyrocket is an 8 megapixel camera which takes pictures just as well as any standard, entry-level digital camera. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera also allows for 1080p HD video capture. So, it’s the perfect device for recording a quick YouTube video of yourself and your friends. Additionally, the Skyrocket comes with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera that is ideal for video chatting. Since most top smartphones only come with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, the Skyrocket is superior in this department.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket has 16GB of internal memory and a microSD slot that works with microSD cards that are up to 32GB. So, users could hypothetically have almost 50GB of available memory on their Skyrockets. The 16GB before microSD expansion is usually a satisfactory amount of internal memory space for average smartphone users to store all their favorite apps and music.
Skyrocket owners have access to all the apps on the Android market. Additionally, the phone comes with calendar, voice search, GPS, email, and Facebook apps already installed.
So, in short, if you want a fast, enjoyable smartphone experience, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket won’t let you down.