Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review: Aiming For The Stars: Unboxing, Design And Build Quality

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The usual retail package

The retail package of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is as complete as it gets these days. Inside, you will find a charger and a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, a pair of high quality earbuds, and the usual booklets.

The retail package of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket

A microSD card is missing but, given the massive amount of built-in storage, it is an excusable omission.

Design and build quality

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket has kept the measures of its T-Mobile relative. At 130 x 69 x 9.5 mm and 130 grams of weight, it is not the smallest device out there, but there is a lot of smartphone packed in its body. In our experience with it, we found it to be quite pocketable and light for its size.

The Galaxy S II Skyrocket sized up against Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus and Focus Flash

The build quality of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket is on par with the rest of the Samsung made, upper echelon Android devices. High quality plastic is predominant, with a metal bezel surrounding the edges, and a Gorilla Glass covered front of the handset.

One unpleasant surprise we encountered was the lack of texture on the plastic back cover of the smartphone – a well known Galaxy S II signature. This makes the device quite slippery and accident prone.

The all black color scheme of the Skyrocket makes it see pleasantly understated.

The 4.52” Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Plus classy screen of the Skyrocket is business as usual. Gorgeous colors and remarkable contrast, along with superb viewing angles come with it. The only drawback here is the low pixel density and the WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. The simply do not fit the rest of the spec sheet these days.

The large Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Plus classy screen is beautiful

There is an upside however, to having a lesser resolution classy screen - it results in better performance of the handset, as the Central Processing Units (CPU) has less pixels to deal with.

Below the large screen, you will find four touch-sensitive buttons – just like in the rest of the U.S. lineup of Galaxy S II devices.

The touch-sensitive keys under the screen

The earpiece, ambient light and proximity sensors, as well as the 2MP front-facing capturing camera unit are located in the area above the screen.

There’s the video-call camera, the ambient-light and proximity sensors, and the earpiece on top of the display

The left side of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket features the volume rocker. The volume keys double as zoom lever in capturing camera mode.

The volume rocker on the left

Once again, there is no dedicated capturing camera button on the correct side of the smartphone. We believe that a capturing camera unit this capable surely deserves one, as the virtual shutter key is far from perfect.

Again, we don’t acquire a capturing camera key on a Samsung flagship

As usual, there is a 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the device. In addition to it, you will find second microphone which is used for active noise cancelling.

The top of the Galaxy S II

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port at the bottom is used for both data connections and charging. Not only does it support Universal Serial Bus (USB) host but it also comes with MHL enabling HDTV-out connectivity with the proper adapter. The mouthpiece completes the picture.

MHL is a way of using both microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) and HDMI through the same port. It makes sense, especially provided an HDMI port could’ve been near impossible to put in a phone this slim. The downside is you need an adapter to utilize a regular HDMI cable with this one.

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port looks as usual, but the MHL support adds a whole recent dimension to it

The back of the Skyrocket is where the 8 megapixel Full HD-capable capturing camera lens is located. Right under it is the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash.

The loudspeaker grille is also on the back of the device. It is located on the slightly elevated chin at the bottom.

The back of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Removing the paper thin battery cover reveals the SIM compartment, the 1850 mAh battery and the microSD card slot. The card slot can hold microSD cards of up to 32GB, which can give you a maximum total storage of 48GB. Interestingly enough, both the SIM and microSD cards are hot-swappable.

Both the SIM and the microSD cards are hot-swappable

The 1850 mAh battery made it easily through a day of heavy usage which included about an hour of web browsing, an hour of phone calls, as well as a serious amount of video game play. Lasting for two full days is a bit of a stretch if you are a power user.

Handling the Skyrocket is a pleasurable experience most of the time. Our only grievance here is the lack of texture on the back of the device. We found ourselves being extra careful when playing around with the handset.

The phone handles well for its size



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