Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket vs HTC Vivid | HTC Vivid vs Galaxy S2 Skyrocket Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
AT&T introduced its first two 4G-LTE smart phones on 31 October 2011; one was HTC Vivid and the other was Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The phones will be available nationwide from 6 November 2011. Both are great phones, having 4.5” display, 8 MP camera, and powered by dual core processor. HTC Vivid has a massive 4.5” Super LCD qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display, and powered by 1.2 GHz dual core processor. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket needs no introduction, as it is the LTE version of the most popular Galaxy S II phone by Samsung, but it bigger and faster than the original Galaxy S II. Galaxy S II Skyrocket has a bright and colourful 4.5” Super AMOLED Plus WVGA (800 x 400 pixels) display and powered by 1.5 GHz processor. Other than these upgrade and few changes in the physical appearance such as dimensions, Galaxy S II Skyrocket specs is almost same as Galaxy S II. Galaxy S II Skyrocket will be available in AT&T stores and online from 6 November 2011 for $250 with a 2-year commitment. HTC Vivid also will be available from the same day, but it priced at $200 with a 2-year commitment.
HTC Vivid was officially released on 31 October 2011. This latest Android smart phone by HTC is mainly intended as an Entertainment phone with a huge 4.5” qHD display, and an 8 mega pixels rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 28mm wide lens, low light CMOS sensor. It is one of the first phones to be released for the AT&T 4G LTE network, which was launched in September 2011 November.
HTC Vivid stands tall with 5.07” and its 2.64” wide. The thickness of the device is 0.44”. Considering the current smart phone market, HTC Vivid is not very slim, but it is not bulky too, it is slimmer than HTC Rezound released at the same period. The device also weighs 177 g (6.24 oz) with the battery and that make this incredible smart phone a little hefty than its contemporaries. However, as a multimedia phone, the screen size of 4.5” very impressive. The HTC Vivid boasts a 4.5” super LCD capacitive touch screen with qHD (960 x 540 pixels; 245 PPI) resolution. It is the same type of display used in HTC Sensation 4G, but as the screen size is bigger the pixels density is less. HTC Vivid has an Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and a Gyro sensor. Vivid is available in both black and white colors. HTC Vivid looks little different in appearance from the other HTC phones released in recent time; differences in the edges are seen compared to its characteristic HTC design.
HTC Vivid is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon processor (dual 1.2 GHz Scorpion CPU and Adreno 220 GPU) in tandem with MDM9200 multimode modem for LTE/DC-HSPA+. Coupled with 1 GB memory, the device has 16 GB worth internal storage. In addition, an SD 2.0 compatible micro SD card slot is available to expand storage up to 32 GB using a micro SD card. In terms of connectivity Vivid supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth ver3.0, 3G-Triband UMTS/HSPA+ and 4G-LTE connectivity as well as micro-USB. It is also a world phone.
For those who love clicking with the phone, at the rear side Vivid has an 8 megapixels camera with f/2.2 aperture, 28mm wide angle lens, low light sensor and dual LED flash. The camera allows video capturing at 1080p resolutions. Vivid also includes a 1.3 megapixel, fixed focus camera facing the front allowing video conferencing.
HTC Vivid includes built-in FM radio, music player, AT&T music, AT&T U-verse Live TV and supports 1080p video playback, as well. Audio playback formats supported by HTC Vivid are .mp3, .wav and .wma. Audio recording is available in .amr format. Supported Video playback formats are 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, and .wmv (Windows Media Video 9) while video recording is available in .3gp. However, as a multimedia phone more is expected.
HTC Vivid comes with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). The user interface is customized using HTC Sense 3.0. Home screens on Vivid come with richer content such as friends’ stream and new visual designs. The active lock screen brings all interesting details in home screens without needing to unlock the device. The browsing experience on Vivid is fast and flawless with 3G HSPA+/4G speed, and Flash player 10.3 offers seamless browsing experience. Social networking integration is tight with HTC Sense like in other HTC phones. The device is pre loaded with Facebook, FriendSteam, and Twitter applications specially designed for HTC Sense. Photo sharing/video sharing is made easy with Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube integration. Amazon Kindle is integrated for e-reading. Additionally HTC Hub are available and more applications can be downloaded from Android Market.
One of the weaknesses in HTC is its battery. Although HTC is continuously improving, HTC Sense consumes a lot of power. HTC Vivid has a 1620 mAh rechargeable battery. With 4G on HTC Vivid reportedly gives little more than 7 hours of continuous talk time. The battery life gets worse with all the photo shooting and videoing.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket (Galaxy S II Skyrocket) is one of the first 4G LTE phone for AT&T, officially announced by AT&T 0n 31 October 2011. This new LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II family enables users to connect to high speed LTE data networks, where the services are available. It will fall back to HSPA+ where there is no 4G LTE services.
The dimensions of Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket are more or less similar to the Galaxy S II, but may appear slightly bigger. The device is 5.15″ long, 2.75″ broad and 0.37″ thick. The weight is nearly 131.8 g (4.65 oz). Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is complete with a 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution. It’s important to note that the screen real estate is larger than its LTE less counterpart Samsung Galaxy S II. This multi touch screen has superior quality of the Samsung Galaxy S II family coupled with the strength and ability to remain scratch proof as it’s made from Gorilla glass. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with TouchWiz UI 4.0.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is equipped with a super fast 1.5 GHz dual core processor. The device also has 1 GB memory and 16 GB internal storage. Internal storage can be expanded using a micro-SD card up to 32 GB. The device also supports micro USB and USB-on-the-go. In terms of connectivity (which is the plus feature in Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket), the device boasts LTE, HSDPA and HSUPA+. It is also a world phone supporting tri-band UMTS. While Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is available, IR is not enabled in Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is complete with sensors such as Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, a digital compass and Accelerometer for UI rotate.
Cameras are always preferred features in Samsung Galaxy S family. Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes with an 8 mega pixels rear facing camera with auto focus and dual LED flash. Features such as Geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama, and face detection are also available to support the superior hardware. A front facing 2 MP camera is also available with this high end smart phone. While the 4.5” super AMOLED plus screen is capable of giving the best video display a phone can give, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is complete with FM radio, a loud speaker, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. Active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone and HDMI TV out are other important features of Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket comes pre loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). However the user interface is customized by TouchWiz UI 4.0. SMS, MMS, push email and IM applications are available for communication with Android 2.3 and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket also includes these handy capabilities. Useful productivity applications such as Organizer, Document editor, Image/Video editor, Voice commands and Google applications are available in Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Other applications for Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket can be download from Android market place as well.