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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket 4G Android Phone, Black (AT&T)

4.2 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
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  • Android 2.3-powered smartphone with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display
  • Runs on AT&T's expanding, ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity (compatible with nationwide 4G HSPA+ network)
  • 8-MP camera with Full HD 1080p video capture; 16 GB internal memory; microSD memroy expansion; Wirelss-N Wi-Fi networking (with optional Mobile Hotspot capabilities)
  • Up to 7 hours of talk time, up to 250 hours (10.4 days) of standby time; released in November, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide
  • Android 2.3-powered smartphone with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display
  • Runs on AT&T's expanding, ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity (compatible with nationwide 4G HSPA+ network)
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5.15 inches, 2.75 inches, 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 4.64 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: LTE
  • Network Compatibility: AMPS
  • Phone Book Capacity: 100 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 420 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 250 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

This flagship Android phone is very similar to AT&T's first Galaxy S II, but adds 4G LTE, and steps up the screen size and processor speed a notch. Other features are similar, including a dual-core processor, Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p video capture, including DLNA streaming, and 16 GB of built-in memory plus a memory card slot.

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Realize the full power of 4G with the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket smartphone, which runs on AT&T's new ultra-fast 4G LTE network (learn more below). Combined with the speed of the powerful dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and the Android 2.3 OS, you'll enjoy enhanced multitasking abilities and smooth game play. Measuring a mere 9.49mm (0.37 inches) at its thinnest from front to back, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket easily it slips in and out of your pocket even with its huge 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display--perfect for immersing yourself in cinema-quality video while on the go.



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Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket At a Glance:

  • 3G/4G/4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 2.3 OS

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen

  • 16 GB memory

  • 8-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video capture

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Bluetooth 3.0

  • Personal/corporate e-mail
At a Glance

You also get the AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built right into the smartphone--enabling you to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the phone's mobile broadband signal (requires appropriate data plan). This GPS-enabled phone can also access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions.

Other features include an 8-megapixel camera with Full HD 1080p video capture, 16 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, DLNA wireless streaming capabilities, GPS for navigation and location-based services, access to over 200,000 apps in the Android Market, and up to 7 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).

The Brightest, Most Colorful Screen

With an incredibly colorful 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket delivers 50 percent more sub-pixels than the previous generation display for better contrast. The display also offers unmatched outdoor viewing quality, even in the brightest sunlight.

Super Sharp Photos and Videos Plus Video Chat

This Galaxy S II Skyrocket also captures sharp photos with its 8-megapixel camera with flash, and it records videos in stunning Full HD 1080p resolution. An additional 2-megapixel front-facing camera gives you the power to connect with your friends and family face-to-face via video chat. And with Google Talk, you can video chat with all of your Google Talk contacts, whether they are on a mobile phone or a computer.

Mobile Entertainment

Samsung's Media Hub enables you to rent or purchase movies and TV shows within seconds watch from the convenience of anywhere. With Media Hub's progressive downloading feature, you can start watching your content almost immediately as the rest of the file downloads to the Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Plus, all Media Hub content can be shared among five Media Hub-enabled devices on the same account.

Intuitive TouchWiz Interface

The Galaxy S II Skyrocket features Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, providing superior multi-tasking and customization for an enhanced visual and intuitive smartphone experience. Live Panel features provide immediate access to weather, social updates, e-mail, news and photos, which can all be customized on any one of the seven home screens. All of the widgets can be positioned and re-sized to create unique home screens and one-touch access to the services and apps you use the most. The Notifications Panel allows one touch access to a separate menu for managing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and Flight Mode settings.

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket weighs 4.65 ounces and measures 5.15 x 2.75 x 0.37 inches. Its 1850 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7 hours of talk time, and up to 250 hours (10.4 days) of standby time. It runs on AT&T's 4G LTE and HSPA+ networks (850/1900 MHz; HSPA+/HSDPA/UMTS) plus international 2100 MHz 3G networks. It's also a quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE).

What's in the Box
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, wired stereo headset, quick start guide




AT&T 4G LTE Network

AT&T's 4G LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother media streaming, and faster web experiences. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, LTE technology offers a faster response time due to lower latency--the processing time it takes to move data through a network--vastly speeding download times for web pages as well as improving services such as mobile gaming and two-way video calling.

By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to launch its 4G LTE network in 15 major metropolitan areas, covering at least 70 million Americans. Coverage will continue to expand in the next few years and is planned to be largely complete by the end of 2013.



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And when combined with 4G HSPA+ technology, AT&T is capable of delivering a quicker, more consistent mobile broadband experience than ever before. AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber). Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.

Tech Talk

LTE = Long Term Evolution
Advanced wireless technology capable of increasing AT&T's already-fast network speeds. Now in select markets with deployment ongoing.
HSPA+ = High Speed Packet Access
Paired with enhanced backhaul--the accelerated pipeline between our network backbone and cell towers across the country--this technology boosts network performance.

Optional AT&T Services

AT&T Navigator: This premium GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. You'll be able to find the closes ATM, restaurant, gas station, Wi-Fi hotspot and more with over 10 million business listings.

AT&T FamilyMap: Locate any phone indoors or outdoors on the AT&T Network. FamilyMap provides peace of mind by being able to conveniently locate a family member from your wireless phone or PC and know that your family's information is secure and private. Want to verify that your child arrives home from school each day? Set up a Schedule Check to automatically get location information sent to you via text message or e-mail.




Connectivity

  • Ultra-fast 4G connectivity via AT&T's LTE and HSPA+ networks. Where 4G isn't available, your phone will connect with AT&T's 3G network.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • AT&T Mobile Hotspot capable enabling you to connect multiple devices--from tablets to gaming devices--to the phone's 3G/4G cellular connection via Wi-Fi.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded Google Maps or optional AT&T Navigator) and location services

Hardware

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus multi-touch display (480 x 800 pixels, 16 million color depth)
  • HDMI port for video output to your HDTV or monitor (cable not included).
  • MicroUSB port
  • Sensors: accelerometer, 6-axis gyroscope.

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser (Webkit 5) with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).

Memory

  • 16 GB internal memory
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 1 GB of RAM

Camera

  • 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging, zero shutter lag, and multiple scene modes.
  • Full HD 1080p video capture
  • 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats and self portraits.

Multimedia

  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV
  • Video player compatible with MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, and 3GP.
  • Samsung AllShare DLNA capabilities allow you to stream movies, music, and photos from your smartphone to a compatible HDTV.

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Hands-free speakerphone



Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Galaxy S II Skyrocket also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

 

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0061QPOS0
  • Item model number: Galaxy S2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 112 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,864 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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By Robert Felice on January 9, 2012
I've checked out what other reviewers have had to say about this phone, and find myself in agreement with most of them.

The phone is amazing.

Here's what else you need to know:
a) data plan
b) apps
c) user manual

Data Plan: you will need a separate data plan for the phone. My wife has an iPhone 3G, with an unlimited data plan from AT&T. But that phone doesn't use the 4G LTE network. AT&T is slowing building out its 4G LTE network, and it may not be available in your area. You have to buy a plan whether or not you currently have 4G LTE coverage. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that 4G LTE was available in my area, even though the official AT&T coverage map didn't include it.

I bought a 200 megabyte per month plan. It seemed like a lot of bytes. Then I started using my phone. Trulia has a great app that lets you find the houses for sale in whatever neighborhood you find yourself in. You can see the entire listing, just like you can at home on your computer. You can even download pictures (bad idea!) Use an app like this, and the megabytes go down the drain. I went through 30 megabytes in the first 6 days of my billing cycle.

So, unless you sprang for an unlimited data plan, I wouldn't recommend streaming movies, or even your music, off the web. And keep an eye on your usage. You can become a data how a lot faster than you might imagine!

Apps: there's a ton of apps available from the Android store, and Amazon has done a pretty amazing job of providing apps for the phone on their site as well.

So far, so good. The problem is that AT&T had added a number of their own apps, each of which has a low-cost or entirely free alternative. But none of the AT&T apps can be removed.
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This is a great phone, I have owned it for 3 days now and i really like it. The build quality is great, even though it is plastic. The phone itself looks beautiful and feels great, the weight is also good it doesn't feel to light or to heavy. The screen is one of the best ive seen on any phone. Everything cant be perfect though.

I am not in a lte market so i cant comment on that aspect. As far as the phone goes you do have to keep a couple of things in mind. The phone has a 4.5 inch screen, although this sounds great it has some obvious draw backs. With the screen being so big one of the draw backs is size. It is not a comfortable phone to carry around and putting it in you're pocket as well as pulling it out can be awkward. I wear slim jeans and this has become an annoyance. When you talk on it you notice the size, it feels like holding a scientific calculator to you're ear.

The second draw back is once again the screen size. This being 4.5 inches it takes up more juice than some of the more standard sizes. I am currently experimenting with ways to reduce battery drain but still end up with a dead phone by the time i go to bed (I am worried about the days i go out and stay up past 11). Another thing that I am concerned about when it comes to battery life is the lte antenna. I am pretty sure lte takes up more battery life than standard hspa or hspa+, and I am a little upset that this phone does not have a switch to turn of the lte antenna. Also unlike most android phones i have used before you do not have the option to switch to 2g networks only, there is probably a work-around for this via the android market but i haven't bothered.

I will not comment on the UI because i find that irrelevant on an android phone.
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I've had this phone one week, and am in love with it. The samsung galaxy SII skyrocket the best phone I've ever owned. While AT&T is still installing LTE in our area,(greater Philly suburbs in NJ) the HSPA+ backhaul speeds, are still up to 5 times faster I got 5326(down)&1455(up) with mobile on, and I got speeds close to my Comcast broadband in downtown DC @19K(down)& 4K(up), so I know what the phone is capable of when LTE is finally deployed here.

Okay here is what I really like about this phone. The 8 megapixel camera takes crystal clear pictures with autofocus, and the front facing camera takes very good pictures using the spot button on the touch screen. My only complaint with the camera part is that there is not an exterior button that allows you to shoot pictures , I'm not sure what samsung was thinking there. As far as running programs is concerned there is a whole lot of memory for apps to run (1GB) and this phone blazes through multitasking, with the dual-core 1.5GHz processor. I've had 34 apps running in the background, and could still play the need for speed shift that comes with. The built in 16GB USB memory is nice as the total amount with my 32GB micro SD put it at about 45gb's total.
I'm hopeful a firmware update by Samsung will allow 64GB cards to be compatible when they come out, but the USB out to storage mode is great if you already have a 64-128GB USB stick, like my 128GB corsair GTR , that uses hardly any battery when on the train to DC from Philly, and gives me plenty of storage for movies, music, apps, and games, that have fairly decent storage sizes...

I was able to update to Android 2.3.6 as soon as I got the phone setup.
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