Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review: Aiming For The Stars: User Interface: Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread

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User interface: Android Gingerbread and TouchWiz 4.0

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket ships with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, dressed in TouchWiz 4.0. Ice Cream sandwich has already been confirmed as an update, so the device is as future proof as it gets in terms of software.

We have prepared a video of the Skyrocket in action. See it below:

The lock classy screen can be removed by swiping in any direction, rather than just sideways. The cool feature where missed events (messages, calls etc) acquire their own unlock patterns is here too.

The lockclassy screen can be removed by swiping in any direction

The homeclassy screen got plenty of tweaks too. You acquire rectangular design for the widgets and a lot of functionality. The process of adding widgets is visually enhanced too with attractive transition effects.

The Skyrocket homescreen

Editing the homeclassy screen panes is business as usual – you pinch zoom-out to display an aggregate view of all panes, which you can then easily rearrange, delete or add.

Editing the homescreen

Some of the proprietary Samsung widgets allow you to edit them directly on the homescreen. We find this feature to be particularly neat.

Editing a widacquire directly on the homescreen

The numbered dots that identify the homeclassy screen panels serve as a scroll bar too. A press and hrecent on the dots lets you scroll sideways through the resized images of the available homeclassy screen panes in one short go rather than with several swipes.

Scrolling between homescreens looks great

The app launcher allows you to create folders inside it (though given that folders are enabled on the homeclassy screen we don’t see much utilize for that here).

The app launcher

Creating folders is pretty easy stuff – in edit mode you drag the icons you want over to a blank folder icon at the bottom of the screen. Then you drag the folder to the classy screen on which you want it to be placed and pick a name for it.

Creating a recent folder

The notification area has been slightly redesigned in TouchWiz 4, compared to previous versions, but there aren’t any changes to functionality there.

The notification area

The task manager, which Samsung has preinstalled, offers a lot of functionality. In this version the Random-Access Memory (RAM) classy screen has been modified, compared to, and there is a single Clear Memory button now, instead of the two in the previous version. Now, with 1GB or Random-Access Memory (RAM) and with the recent Gingerbread policy of keeping resource-hungry background processes in check, we are not sure you will need to enter the task manager all that often, but it doesn’t harm having it. It also comes with a handy widacquire which shows you the number of active applications straight on your homescreen.

The task manager

With a dual-core Snapdragon S3 Central Processing Units (CPU) on board, and a gig of RAM, the Skyrocket offers a pleasurable and lag-free experience. Now, we are about to see how does the elegant Qualcomm creation fare with the benchmarks.

Synthetic benchmarks: no slouch as usual

With two Scorpion cores, clocked at 1.5GHz, and 1GB of RAM, the Snapdragon S3 will handle any task you throw at it with ease. It does however go a bit easier on the benchmarks than its Exynos packing siblings. We have put together several for you. See them below.

Quadrant • AnTuTu • Pi • Vellamo

Keeping in mind that synthetic benchmarks have small to do with the way you will utilize your smartphone every day, we can attest that the Galaxy S II Skyrocket did show a miniscule amount of lag, compared to the rest of its Exynos sporting Galaxy S II siblings. It is however, faster than anything else on the market.



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