Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD vs Galaxy Note | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
As per recent rankings, Samsung continues to be the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. They tend to keep this title intact because they try to thrive for the best, not only when they compete with other vendors, but also when they compete in the internal market. This enables the giant manufacturer to develop its designs continuously by rectifying the weaknesses of the other devices. Parallel to CES, at the AT&T developer summit, the CEO of AT&T Ralph De La Vega introduced two Samsung smartphone that addresses the same niche market for the AT&T customer base. Both of these phones were announced before, but the ones announced here seems to be of variations from the original devices.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket has been released sometime back in 2011 featuring the blazing fast 4G connectivity. To the surprise, De La Vega introduced this again, and his version is different from the one that was released, mainly because the new version features a HD screen. A similar thing happened with Samsung Galaxy Note as well when De La Vega introduced the handset, which differs from its original by several factors. We are going to compare the newly introduced versions to find out what makes them so different from the rest of the bunch.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD
Skyrocket has the same look and feel of the previous members of the Galaxy family and has nearly the same dimensions, as well. Smartphone manufacturers are thriving to produce thinner and thinner phones and, this is a nice addition to that. But Samsung has made sure to keep the level of comfort intact. The battery cover of the Skyrocket is ultra-smooth, though it makes the handset prone to slip through the fingers. It has a 4.65 inches gigantic Super AMOLED Plus Capacitive touchscreen, featuring a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with a high pixel density of 316ppi, to make the images and text look crisp and clear. We also can deduce it that the processor of Skyrocket HD to be similar to that of Skyrocket, which would be 1.5GHz Scorpion dual core processor on top of Qualcomm MSM8260 chipset. The RAM scores a fair amount of 1GB. Skyrocket HD also features storage of 16GB, which can be expanded up to 32GB worth of storage using a microSD card.
Skyrocket HD comes with an 8MP camera, following members of the Galaxy family, and it can record 1080p HD videos @30 frames per second. It also promotes the video chat with the 2MP front camera along with Bluetooth v3.0 HS for ease of use. Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD showcases the new Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread, which is promising while it is capable to enjoy the LTE network of AT&T for fast internet access using built in Android browser with HTML5 and flash support. It is worthwhile to note that Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket manages to score a good battery life, even with the high speed LTE connectivity. It also comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n enabling it to access the Wi-Fi networks, as well as, act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Samsung hasn’t forgotten A-GPS support together with the unmatchable Google maps support enabling the phone to be a powerful GPS device. It also supports Geo-tagging feature for the camera. Like most of the smartphones nowadays it comes with an active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, microUSB v2.0 for fast data transfer, and Near Field Communication support. Samsung also includes a Gyroscope sensor for Skyrocket HD. Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket HD promises a 7h of talk time with 1850mAh battery, which is brilliant compared to its screen size.
Samsung Galaxy Note
This beast of a phone in an enormous cover is just waiting to burst with its radiant power inside. At the first glance, you may wonder whether it’s a smartphone even, for it looks big and bulky. But this is bound to be the same size as Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, perhaps a little larger due to the screen size. The specialty of the Galaxy Note starts with the 5.3 inches Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen that comes in either Black or White flavored cover. It has a super resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 285ppi. Now you have the true HD resolution in a 5.3 inches screen, and with the high pixel density it has, the screen guarantees to reproduce crystal clear images and crisp text that you can read even in the broad daylight. Not only that, but it also comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass reinforcement making the screen scratch resistant. Galaxy Note also introduces S Pen Stylus, which is simply a great addition if you have to take notes or even use your digital signature from your device.
Screen is not the only aspect for greatness in Galaxy Note. It comes with 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor on top of Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset. It is backed up by a 1GB RAM and the whole set up runs on Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread. Even at a glance, this can be seen as a state of the art device with cutting edge specifications. In depth benchmarks have proved that heuristic assumption even better than we had anticipated. There is one shortcoming, which is the OS. We’d rather prefer it to be Android v4.0 IceCreamSandwich, but then, Samsung will be graceful enough to grant this magnificent mobile with an OS upgrade. It comes in either 16GB or 32GB storages while giving the option to expand using a microSD card.
Samsung hasn’t forgotten the camera either, as Galaxy Note comes with 8MP camera with LED flash and autofocus along with some additional features like touch focus, image stabilization and Geo-tagging with A-GPS. The camera can also capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second. It also has a 2MP front facing camera bundled with Bluetooth v3.0 for the delight of video callers. The Galaxy Note is ultra-fast in every context. It even features LTE 700 network connectivity for high speed internet along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity. It also facilitates to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot and the built-in DLNA enables you to stream rich media content to your big screen wirelessly. It also comes with a new set of sensors like Barometer sensor beside the normal accelerometer, proximity and Gyro sensors. It also has Near Field Communication support, which is a great value addition.
A Brief Comparison of Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD vs Samsung Galaxy Note
• While Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD comes with 1.5GHz dual core processor on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, Samsung Galaxy Note also comes with the same setup.
• Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD has 4.65 inches Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, and featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 316ppi pixel density. Samsung Galaxy Note has 5.3 inches Super AMOLED Capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, and featuring a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels at 285ppi of pixel density.
• Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD doesn’t come with an S-Pen stylus, although you can purchase it separately, while Samsung Galaxy Note comes with it.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD and Samsung Galaxy Note are two mobile phones that have the same root. For instance, their core hardware specifications are much alike. The processor and the chipset, as well as, the GPU are bound to be the same. The differences tend to image in the more physical aspects of these two, starting with the screen size. The Galaxy Note has a gigantic screen, perhaps the biggest screen in a smartphone. It is rather thicker and larger than Skyrocket HD for this reason. The screen-panel also differs; Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket HD been Super AMOLED Plus and Galaxy Note been Super AMOLED HD. Skyrocket just shows the superiority complex by the ultra-high pixel density, yet Galaxy Note has gotten the opportunity to feature a higher resolution thanks to the bigger screen. And now we face a dilemma on what to choose between these two. We can give you several tips on the selection criteria, although the actual subjective selection lies in your hand. We at DifferenceBetween think that Samsung Galaxy Note would give you the feeling of a tablet rather than a smartphone, and it would certainly be more bulky. Thus, if you intend to use it excessively for professional uses, Galaxy Note will be very handy with the included S-Pen stylus. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket HD slides right into your pocket with ease and give the same performance as Galaxy Note except for a slight reduction of display resolution.