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Samsung Skyrocket

The Samsung Skyrocket is the AT&T LTE version of the Galaxy S II.  Built with slightly different hardware, and at a bit bigger size, and (the best part for many) the addition of an AT&T LTE radio for their blossoming LTE 4G network.  When a package from Dallas arrived, I know it could only be one thing, and we've got one of these beauties to put through the wringer and see what we think of it.

Jump past the break for a quick hands-on look, some first impressions, a smattering of pictures and some specs of one of AT&T's first LTE smartphones.

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It's exactly what we're used to from a Galaxy S II on the software side.  That's a good thing, as we all loved the GSII and most of you guys do, too.  Everything is fluid and snappy, the hardware feels nice, the screen is absolutely gorgeous, and it's all very well built.  We've looked at how the Qualcomm 1.5GHz CPU performs in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II, so we know the hardware is up to snuff. 

The only real questions -- LTE speeds, and battery life.  I've set aside some time to hit up Washington, DC for some serious testing of both, and we'll let you know how it all went in the full review in about a week.  In the meantime, here's a few pics and the specs -- talk it up in the forums!

Specs

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus Display (800 x 480)
  • Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 16GB of onboard memory
  • MicroSD expandable up to 32GB
  • AT&T 3G/HSPA/LTE radios
  • 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5 mm
  • Weight 130.5 g

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Samsung Skyrocket hands-on and initial review

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You want to know when a Samsung Phone on AT&T is getting an update?
hahahahah hhooololololo! Oh, you were serious...?

If you're not afraid of flashing a rom, there are already several leaked 2.3.5 samsung firmwares out there. I've been running it for quite some time on my European sgsii.

How come no one compares the epic 4g to the sky rocket? I noticed that the screen on the epic touch is so much better. Things seem to be a little blurry on the skyrocket. It leaves me to wonder if they are using different material. Also im aware there is no display contrast settings in the skyrocket. It's interesting that hulu plus work automatically for the skyrocket and not for the epic. It's obviously the chipset, but it would be nice if someone's review would include these little differences. The screen has me questioning Samsung so please do a little digging for me thx.

I have this beast and there's nothing blurry on the screen. Maybe the one you were looking at was a bad unit.

I've notice the same thing, I currently have both the epic and the skyrocket. The skyrocket is a fast phone with the LTE network. But the contrast is killing me. The epic has a much nicer and softer display. It really sucks cause I want to keep the skyrocket.

I wish that AT&T would give some details about their LTE deployment plans. If they're going to roll it out in Philly soon, I may stick with AT&T until they release the Galaxy Nexus, assuming that it'll be LTE-enabled.

Wonder how much hardware is the same as the Infuse...

anyway messing around in an AT&T store I downloaded Quadrant standard on a skyrocket and a regular galaxy s II. I got 3200-something on the galaxy s II, but only 2700-something on the skyrocket. Is it a qualcomm vs exynos thing?

Phil,

I'm in Houston already. Mail me one and I will test it all around town and write a review. I'm about to get a RAZR, so I can compare them head to head. Let me know.

AT&T, I'm happy for you for getting LTE and everything. But come on. Your selection of what phones to launch this new endeavor is, well, a non event. No one over at AT&T has a clue how to make headlines. If you want the people to rejoice about this new service YOU NEED A JESUS PHONE!!! LTE should be a religious experience for us geeks. Ok, I'm speaking for myself right now. But seriously, the screen is so important for me. It's the part I'm going to have the most interaction with. When it's all said and done it matters the most. And what does AT&T decide to do? Go with the worst resolution on the GS2 line of phones. I stare at my phone more than my TV and I didn't settle for some crappy resolution on the idiot box. What makes you think I'll settle for it on a phone? To sum it up, What good is LTE if I don't like the experience on the device offered? AT&T you are failing...

It is so funny to me how people like you post comments like this. But this could be because of a few things:

1. You just plain hate AT&T.
2. You got behind on payments when you had them and then just left owing money.
3. The old at&t (80's) made your parents mad so they past that down to you.

Face it, no matter how much you hate at&t, they are still going to do what they. Just because they don't do things when we want them to does not mean they suck. Now if you want to bash SPRint, I'm with you there.

LOL, you are right. I do "...just plain hate AT&T" because they can be so much better. Now to be fair they are getting a whole lot better. I like how they didn't tamper with the GS2 as much as they did original. I would have to bet that the lack of customer enthusiasm in regard to the GS1 had a lot to do with the latest decision. I refuse to argue w/ you on points 2 & 3. But I hope I have given you enough satisfaction with this rebuttal so you can keep on keepin' on.

There's always the 'Darwin Phone' for the non-creationist that 'Desire' a 'Nexus' type 'Hero'. I know you're picking up what I'm laying down...

First of all, this isn't the "worst resolution GSII," every other carrier has a 4.5" Galaxy S II. AT&T now has 4.3 and 4.5" options. The resolution isn't that big of a deal when you really sit down and use the phone. I've been using the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy S II Skyrocket for the past few weeks, and I cannot give you a preference on screens. The iPhone is great for one-handed use, but I wind up using the GSIISR for my browsing, Reddit is Fun, and Twitter use. It's a great device.

That's all that really matters in the long run. Reading some dunce bashing a phone he's never seen in person is making my head hurt.

Has it really come down to insulting me because you don't care for my opinion? Well, 'Frack' you and and the horse you road in on...

All the carriers have their faults and also have similar devices to stay in competition. As we know it's a fast changing industry and with so many mfgs of these devices they have to launch similar products across the board. Is LTE better than HSPA+ like Tmobile has? It will vary depending on location. I got 14MB down the other day on Tmobile HSPA + on the Galaxy S II (BTW a fantastic device...fast as..)and that is great. I then get under 10MB on a regular basis. If Verizon has a device capable of accessing their LTE network then they also will have varying results. The technology/coverage is still rather new and you need to give it some time. We need to see what happens with the AT&T/Tmobile deal. If that falls through then maybe Google will step in and buy Tmobile. One can only hope if you have Tmobile.

Hello,
I'm looking to switch to Android. Considering SG Skyrocket but am wondering if it will be worth it to wait for Galaxy Nexus. I am on AT&T and not interested in switching carriers due to working in remote oilfield locations and AT&T works best out in the boonies. Will AT&T get a Galaxy Nexus or is it going to Verizon only? Also what specific advantages will it have over Samsung? The Skyrocket is currently priced at $250 at the AT&T store by our house. The previous version without LTE is only $199 I think and I doubt we will have LTE anytime soon so maybe I should just get that one. Does anyone know what the price for the Google phone will be to get an AT&T version and if it will be worth waiting for? Thanks for any info.

My local store knows the internet price is $100 cheaper and offered to sell it to me at that price so $149 for an LTE phone ain't bad. Still. It is hard for me to give up unlimited data on the Sprint network and pat ATT more money for less!!!

Where do you see it $100 cheaper? I logged into AT&T and the web had the same prices as the store...

Thanks

The internals are NOT the same as T-Mobile version, it is using a specially modified Snapdragon S3. And like Jerry said, the base-band obviously is different, this Device should be a Petaband in theory along w/ 1700 AWS LTE.

No you can't toggle the LTE radio off on the SR. That's a major fail in my book. LTE is a battery hawg. Battery life will be terrible if you're in an LTE area with spotty coverage and your phone is constantly searching for an LTE signal.