Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket unboxing and initial hands on [Video]

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-I727) is one of the first two LTE phones for AT&T, which by the way, will cover 15 markets by November 20. It’s essentially the same Galaxy S II that’s available now on AT&T, but with a bigger 4.5-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus screen, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and of course the 4G LTE compatibility. It’s actually a lot like the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II, but a little thinner. Other notable specs include 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 2MP front camera, 1850mAh battery, 16GB internal storage, up to an additional 32GB with microSD card, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Android 2.3.5.


It’s priced at $249.99 with a 2-year contract. I would highly recommend this version over the standard Galaxy S II even if you don’t live in one of the LTE markets. Don’t forget, you are signing a 2-year contract so it’s likely that LTE will come your way during your contract, not to mention you will enjoy a slightly larger screen. Of course if you live in a completely rural area, you might do better sticking with the original.

We probably won’t do an in depth review on this one because the only notable difference from the T-Mobile version and this one is the AT&T 4G LTE compatibility. Unfortunately, I’m not in one of the 15 markets to review battery life and speeds, but if I notice anything notable, I will certainly let you know. For now, checkout our review of the T-Mobile version and my quick hands on video after the break:

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • Damon Aldora

    I
    bought a Galaxy SII Skyrocket a few weeks ago and I am having a hard time
    putting it down! It is such a sleek and powerful phone! I am very impressed at
    how fast LTE is. The bloatware on the phone is something I was not so happy
    with, mainly because it is all nonsense I can’t use, such as the U-Verse Mobile
    and Family Map apps. With the U-Verse Mobile app, all you can do is control
    your DVR with your phone. I use a comparable app called DISH Remote Access.
    Like the U-Verse app, it lets me program and control my DVR. Unlike the app, I
    can choose to watch my shows on my phone anywhere I am. Since there is LTE on
    this phone, streaming is even faster. Working for DISH, I have become familiar
    with the DRA app, and since using it on the Skyrocket, I hope AT&T spreads
    the network further, as I love to travel!