Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket i727
A dual core phone at a good price
Are you already an owner or have you already used a Samsung Galaxy II handset before? Well, then you will have no problem adjusting to Samsung’s latest Galaxy S II Skyrocket i727 smartphone released on AT&T’s LTE network, a much faster one than the 4G HSPA+. Among the strong points of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket is its display, operating system, dual-core processor and others. We put the smartphone through a series of tests and wrote the following review.
4.5″ Super AMOLED dislay
Throwing a look at the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for the first time made us realize that the device could easily be placed in the “largest smartphones ever made” category simply because of its dimensions, which read 5.15″ x 2.75″ x 0.37″. If the screen didn’t measure 4.5″, the smartphone would have been different. So, if you are one of those people who want a device that can fit your pockets or is easy to move from place to place, this product is definitely not what you’re looking for. However, if we were to compare this product with other large ones, it would win first prize when it came to how comfortable we felt holding it. The body of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket i727 is made entirely of plastic and it thus weighs little: 134 grams.
Moving on, the 4.5″ display, despite being so big, is of the Super AMOLED type, which means that the user will enjoy excellent levels of brightness, beautiful colors and great sharpness. The 800 x 480 pixel resolution wasn’t improved from previous models, but it didn’t take away from the screen’s pros.
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS
The touchscreen was, during our tests, very responsive and we could perform a series of finger and motion gestures on it with great success. What was more, we were able to make good use of an app called Voice Talk that helped us perform actions using voice command. Since the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket sports an Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS, the user interface is TouchWiz 4.o. The latter brings 7 home screens which can be easily customized, autorotation, a notification pull-down menu for easy toggling of Wi-Fi, silent mode, Bluetooth and GPS. The operating system is also offering the option of capturing screenshots by pressing the Power and Home keys at the same time, resizing Samsung Live Panel widgets and other possibilities. There’s also a built-in task manager displaying RAM status, system storage and so on.
Features-wise, the smartphone we’re discussing in today’s review boasts the following: text and multimedia messaging, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, speakerphone, voice dialing, conference calling, embedded NFC chip, Media Hub app, Google services, the usual calculator/calendar/alarm clock/etc., an 8-megapixel camera and many more. Taking photos and shooting videos with the aforementioned camera was a very pleasant and rewarding experience, thanks to the results; picture quality was more than impressive even when the light wasn’t ideal (that was where the flash came in to solve things in a professional manner): colors were rich and videos displayed few blurs. After we were done we could store the content using the smartphone’s 1GB of RAM. The device accepts up to 32GB if you want to use a microSD card.
Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
The 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on the Galaxy S II Skyrocket made navigation fast and lagging-free. Battery life: 7 hours of talk time and 10.4 days of standby time.
3G delivered download speeds of 3.2Mbps and an upload speed of 1.1Mbps. Full sites loaded in around 15 seconds, while mobile pages loaded in 10 seconds.
Call quality and audio quality were very good when we checked them: clarity and volume were superb and we didn’t hear a lot of background noise. Those we called reported the same great quality.
At the end of this test, the review conclusions are simple: the new Galaxy S II Skyrocket i727 is a very intelligent phone powered by Android.
|General specifications||2G Network||GSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz|
|Device status||Available. Release date: November 2011|
|Official anounced||2011, October|
|Screen||Type||Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5 mm|
|Display characteristics||480 x 800 pixels, 4.5 inches (~207 ppi pixel density)|
|TouchWiz UI v4.0||Available|
|Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate||Available|
|Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down||Available|
|Gorilla Glass Screen||Available|
|Multi-touch input method||Available|
|Gyroscope Light sensor||Available|
|Total weight||130.5 g|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Internal memory||16 GB Data storage, 1 GB RAM|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Memory card slot||microSD card, up to 32GB,|
|3G||HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Infrared port||Not included|
|USB||Included, v2.0 microUSB|
|PROCESSOR||1.5 GHz dual-core processor|
|OS||Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Video||Included, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected]|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization|
|Secondary||Included, 2 MP|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|Java||Included, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Active Not includedise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|GPS||Included, with A-GPS support|
|Time management organizer|
|Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)|
|– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,|
|– Adobe Flash 10.1 support|
|YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa included|
|Predictive text input (Swype)|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1850 mAh|
|Estimated talk time||Up to 7 h|
|Stand-by time||Up to 256 h|