Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review: Aiming For The Stars: Web Browser, Samsung Hubs, Organizer, Google Maps, Android Market

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The web browser is excellent

While the interface of the Android web browser has hardly changed, the hardware specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket propel it to remarkable heights of user experience. The large, sharp display with remarkable colors makes reading a joy.

Browsing on the Skyrocket

The browser supports both double tap and pinch zooming along with the recent two-finger tilt zoom. There are niceties such as multiple tabs, text reflow, find on page and so on. A neat trick is to pinch zoom out beyond the minimum – that opens up the tabs view.

Page options and settings

Samsung offers you a couple of Hubs

Hubs are not just for Windows Phone – Samsung, at least, seems to think so. They’ve added two Hubs to their Android powerhouse.

The Social hub we’ve seen before – it combines you email accounts with social networking (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn) and IM accounts (Gtalk, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger) and shows all incoming messages as one list with handy shortcuts to reply, imprint as favorite and so on. There’s filtering by message source too, to assist manage the inflow of incoming updates.

The Social Hub

The Media Hub lets you buy or rent movies or TV shows. Its interface is neat and intuitive, while its setup will hold you no time.

The Media Hub

There is an office editor out of the box

The Skyrocket comes with Quickoffice preinstalled. It’s one of the most feature rich mobile editors we’ve seen. You can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and there’s a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer too.


Organizer like a Swiss Army knife

The calendar has four different types of view: list, daily, weekly and monthly. Adding a recent event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.

The calendar

The list view shows a list of all the calendar entries from the recent past to the near future. It’s a very handy tool when you need to check your appointments for the next few days.

There is also a calculator aboard. It is nicely touch optimized - the buttons are gigantic enough and easy to hit.

The smartphone features a decent alarm clock application which allows a huge number of alarms to be set, each with its own start time and repeat pattern.

The Clock app and the alarm options

The Memo and Mini Diary are self-explanatory. The first app works with text only, while the Diary lets you also attach pictures.

The Memo and Mini Diary

There’s a YouTube app although it’s really irrelevant here. It cannot match the resolution the in-browser flash player can give you.

Google Maps

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we’ve covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View.

Google Maps

The latest version uses vector maps, which are very data efficient and easy to cache. The app will reroute you if you acquire off course, even without a data connection.

Android Market has it all

With a 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Central Processing Units (CPU) and powerful recent graphics, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket can run every Android app designed for phones. The Operating System (OS) version is 2.3.5 so you won’t have any problems on that account either.

After its recent major overhaul, the Android Market has become the place to go not only for apps and media, but also book, movies, etc. Its interface is simple and intuitive. The search function at the bottom correct corner will assist you in finding anything you can possibly need.

The Android Market keeps evolving

Kies Air turns your phone into a web server

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with Kies Air preloaded. The app connects to the local Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network (or it can create a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot) and gives you a URL to type into your computer’s web browser.

From there you can manage just about anything on the phone – from contacts, messages (including composing messages), to browsing images, videos and other files straight in your desktop browser. You can grant or reject access to computers and see who’s connected to the phone at any moment.

The cool thing is you can stream music with handy playback controls. It works for videos too.

Kies Air in Google Chrome



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