Although Wisconsin residents can’t experience AT&T’s LTE network quite yet, we were still eager to get our hands on the Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket II. The 4.5-inch touch screen with AMOLED Plus display runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with an 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
My initial reaction when handling the Skyrocket was I couldn’t believe how light it was. I expected the Skyrocket to be comparable to the HTC Titan, which felt like a brick in my hand. The light plastic cover probably has a lot to do it. Though light, this mobile isn’t a great phone to have an “oops” moment with.
Aside from the hardware, the AMOLED Plus display on the Skyrocket is outstanding with vibrant colors and sharp images. While I’ve seen several mobiles with better resolution, it’s been on bigger and heavier phones. The screen is also responsive to taps and swipes, but not overly sensitive where you’ll be pocket dialing everyone in your phonebook.
The screen also has a few bonus features. When the right settings are activated, you can flip the phone over to mute it, and you can tilt to zoom in and out with two fingers on the screen. I’m not convinced these features make the phone that much more useful, but they are nice extras.
The biggest disappointment with the Skyrocket II is the limited availability of LTE networks. Without an LTE network in Wisconsin, it’s difficult to fully experience the Skyrocket II. Though even in Wisconsin, where we are still on 3G, the phone quickly loaded web pages and applications.
The user friendliness of the Skyrocket II may be an issue for some users as well. I would recommend the Skyrocket to existing smartphone users and steer non tech savvy users (aka Mom and Dad) towards a different phone.
Though just because LTE networks are not available in Wisconsin doesn’t mean I would write off the Skyrocket II. It’s one of my favorites as far as mega-screen mobiles go. You can check out the Skyrocket II at AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract.