Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Vs Galaxy Nexus – AT&T wins?

By Posted 1 Nov 2011, 07:05

Earlier on we told you about AT&T’s rather huge announcement that their two new LTE phones are now ready for release. One of these phones is the very impressive looking Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and we believe that it’s going be a great alternative to the Galaxy Nexus.

Many consumers had previously thought that the Galaxy Nexus was going to be the best Android handset hands down prior to its announcement, but after Google outed it in Hong Kong, it has perhaps been downgraded slightly in some consumers eyes. This could be due to the fact that it doesn’t have a MicroSD slot, only comes with a 5MP camera and just a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, the standard for all new Android smartphones.

On the positive side, it will be Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich phone of course, and considering it is a developer phone – it is certain to be the first handset to receive future software updates in front of any other Android handsets – a very strong selling point indeed.

But now AT&T’s LTE competitor makes things very interesting for sure – most notably since it comes with a blistering 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, the same processor that many thought would be included on the Galaxy Nexus. It also comes with an 8 megapixel camera and NFC support like the Galaxy Nexus, meaning features like Android Beam and Face Unlock will surely come to the Galaxy S II Skyrocket once it gets an inevitable update to Ice Cream Sandwich – it ships with Android 2.3.5.

We previously said that Verizon were the dominant force at the moment since they also have the equally as impressive Droid RAZR on their books, but now AT&T’s Skyrocket changes everything – which is great for AT&T consumers as choice is always a good thing. No longer will AT&T customers have to contemplate switching carriers to Verizon, as the Skyrocket looks as good as, if not even better than the Galaxy Nexus – there we said it.

It may come down to whether you want ICS straight away or don’t mind waiting for the update for the Skyrocket. Having a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor on paper though may just tempt consumers to choose the Skyrocket over the Galaxy Nexus.

Are you impressed too with the Skyrocket? Will you now reconsider which smartphone to pick up next between the Skyrocket, Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR? Give us your thoughts on this.

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  • ABC

    The Skyrocket uses the same 1.5ghz Qualcomm chipset as the T-mobile version of the Galaxy S II, which actually performs worse than the 1.2Ghz Samsung chipset that’s in the other versions of the S II. The Galaxy Nexus uses a 1.2Ghz chipset from TI that Google has specifically selected for optimal performance. I bet that the Galaxy Nexus will handily outperform the Skyrocket, despite having a “slower” clock speed. Also, the Galaxy Nexus has a much higher resolution screen (1280 x 720) than the Skyrocket (800 x 480).

    • Strangeanomaly

      I agree, I believe that the winner still is the Galaxy Nexus, primarily because of the display and the fact that it was built to optimize ice cream sandwich.

    • Savitt

      btw, the galaxy nexus is underclocket–it goes up to 1.5 gHz so if some one really cares that much you can overclock it, but personally i think 4460 runs faster than the scorpion

  • Dwayne Jordan

    I pre-ordered the Droid Razr and plan to purchase the Galaxy Nexus as well; he ATT version looks to have the specs but Verizon reliability, at this point, can’t be matched. BIG RED!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3MVOVHEK4AZY777NI5KWHGL5U David Jenkins

    Sucks that VZ’s LTE spectrum and AT&T’s LTE spectrum are incompatible. In a world where consumer freedom is more important, a consumer could get any phone and run it on either carrier.

  • Shelbyn08

    The chipset hasnt even bees annouced yet dweeb. Ive seen specs suggesting an Exynos processor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothymowens Tim Owens

    After 4 years with iPhones on AT&T, I’m ready to say the hell with both Apple and AT&T.  I’m tired of all the annoyances of using an iPhone due to Apples restrictions and I’m sick of having to stand in the front yard to make a damn phone call.  

    AT&T has been robbing me for far too long, charging me $30 for a 3G data plan when 3G only just recently became available here in the past 6 months, when I know for a fact they can set what’s called an N-Set to restrict me to 2G and charge me less.

    I’ve never liked what I saw out of Android until I saw the Galaxy Nexus.  I’m super excited to get on Verizon’s 4G which is already available in my area too.  I wish Verizon would hurry up and take my damn money!

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