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.