Samsung Skyrocket and HTC Vivid

AT&T's first pair of LTE-capable smartphones -- the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid -- are available for purchase today for $249 and $199 $149 and $99 (AT&T apparently lowered the price since the announcement) respectively. While both phones will function fine on AT&T's existing HSPA+ network, the cities where you can actually get LTE data are still pretty limited. As of today, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Athens, Ga.

The Skyrocket pairs alongside the Galaxy S II already in AT&T's stable, but it ups the Super AMOLED Plus display (at 480x800) to 4.5 inches. It's also got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camer with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board stoarge, and a microSD card slot.

The HTC Vivid has a 4.5-inch qHD display at 540x960 resolution. It's got a 1.2 GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot.

More at AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket; HTC Vivid


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Check your upgrade on AT&T's website (as stated on AC forums) some people are stating the price is down to $149 for Skyrocket and $99 for Vivid! I checked and that price shows in my area.

Similar to how Sprint did it last year there's probably pockets of LTE in most major markets, just not enough for AT&T to advertise it being "available". An AT&T rep informed me that LA has limited LTE already. Check with you're local rep and see if you've got some, too.

They are not at the cheaper price in Atlanta (an LTE market). I did a quick check on 90210 for the zip, and they are cheaper there! :( Seems like it would be more expensive there!

I'm still going to the store in 20 minutes to pick up my LTE goodness. On the fence though as to which one to get. They both look amazing. The HTC has over 30% more pixels than the Samsung. But the smaller battery and non amoled screen are a concern...oh the decision I'm faced with!

I usually don't have anything good to say about the evilest carrier in the United States but I have to give them credit here on the pricing of these handsets. If people on At&t don't hop on these then they are just DEAD no excuse now...Piss on some silly iphone...

No u don't have to wait till may get this phone now the specs will still be decent till then and just pay the super cheap price ...if anyone on AT&T passes on these phones for anything else I would slap the. With a iphone (they might lime it lol) and say wtf is wrong with u ...even with no lte in most areas yet this is a killer deal for any of these two phones pick the sammy but then again I am engaged to the Gnex and am waiting for Verizon and the 17 I hope to say I DO LOL

The $99 price is Not available in CT. As soon as my budget allows, I'm getting the Vivid. I've generally preferred HTC products, and my family will be all HTC as soon as I get this.

Yep, $149.99 for the Samsung Galaxy S (TM) II Skyrocket (TM) and $99.99 for the HTC Vivid (TM) here in Houston, TX. Too bad their plans don't do much when comparing to T-Mobile though.

Edit: Did anyone else notice the Vivid comes in white as well? I'd love to see a rear and side photo of it.

OK, now on to the Reviews. Slashgear and Electronista already have theirs out. Slashgear likes the Vivid. Electronista gave it mixed reviews.

I live in San Diego and at the att store the phones were $199 for the HTC and $249 for the Samsung. However, with my online upgrade with att premier I just paid $149 for the Samsung. I went with Samsung over HTC because it has a bigger battery and might hold up better when our area gets LTE, it has NFC, and gorilla glass. However, while both cameras were good, the HTC had the better camera. Hope I picked the right one!

I'm in San Diego too. I'm not sure what you mean by 'premier.' How exactly did you get the $150 price? Thanks.

Live in the Boston area, Verizon LTE is everywhere and very fast. AT&T just released their LTE and added Boston to their coverage. This is a freaken joke, they have about 3 streets with LTE, what a joke, that's right 3 streets not neighborhoods, streets. I called AT&T and asked about their LTE coverage area, I asked for the manager, I was told that all of Boston was covered and it was going to roll out very fast. I called back and spoke to another manager and I was told that LTE is going to take some time but their HSPA+ was in place. That is also a bunch of bull, you may find pockets of around 3000 killabits at top speed but no where near HSPA+. AT&T is full of shit in plain words and they are taught to lie like rugs to their customers. I will not do business with these sleeze bags. I would love to have LTE and HSPA+ to fall back on if the LTE had issues but AT&T is just such sleeze balls and you can never believe anything they say. Too bad, they need to learn how to tell the truth to their loyal customers.

This morning I picked up the Samsung GSII Skyrocket for $249, in the DC/Baltimore area. This devices is faster than the older GSII that I returned last week before my 30days (yes, it cost me $35 for restocking). Download/upload speeds are crazy fast.. Speedtest gives me an average of 20.5Mbps/10Mbps. Also it is just faster CPU-wise with the 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

Non LTE Market here in the Memphis area, $249 for the Skyrocket, too bad I didn't have an upgrade and had to pay $599.99 plus 9.25% tax :(