01-10-2012 7:46 AM - edited 01-10-2012 8:03 AM
Yesterday at CES 2012, 6 new devices were announced. There will be 2 new Samsung devices, the Galaxy SII Skyrocket HD and the Samsung Exhilarate. The devices coming up seem very interesting, I especiallly love that LTE will be coming to Windows Phone as well. However, while all this is interesting, I have to say I'm quite a bit disappointed in the Galaxy Skyrocket HD.
The reason I say this is because the design has already been used twice, and now it's being used for a third time. For those of you who are wondering, the second use was the Skyrocket, upgraded with an LTE antenna from the original Galaxy SII phone. The upcoming Skyrocket HD doesn't seem to have any new features that would want us as consumers to actual buy it over the original Skyrocket, in my opinion. For example:
1) The both have dual core processorss
2) Same design
3) Same graphics
4) Same screen material
I'm all about upgrades, but not same designs. It's kind of unappealing since theres no originality anymore when it's reused. The only differences I see thus far right off the bat is that on the Skyrocket HD, it says "AT&T" on the left hand corner (hate that on Android; looks ok in iPhones). The second difference is screen size, the Skyrocket has a 4.5 inch screen and the HD has a 4.65 inch screen.
(Yes, I know AT&T does not make the device; but they wont sell as efficiently compared to others to be honest )
What do you guys think about this particular device?
~ Evandela ~
01-10-2012 8:22 AM - edited 01-10-2012 8:23 AM
Actually, there were three Samsung devices announced. The third one is Galaxy Note, a 5.3" 1280x800 screen phone. You forgot the biggest difference between Skyrocket and Skyrocket HD is the screen resolution. The later has the same screen as Galaxy Nexus, 4.65" 1280x720 HD screen. That's will be the biggest attraction point for Skyrocket HD although no one knows exactly how the same Snapdragon processor can handle the HD screen.
I'll take a 720p HD screen over any 800x480 screen any day, pentile or not.
Only thing comes out of all this, the current Skyrocket owners are screwed
01-10-2012 8:39 AM
01-10-2012 8:45 AM - edited 01-10-2012 8:49 AM
Because the original Skyrocket is only two months old and it is already been replaced by a newer and better model. The HD screen IS a big deal. It's like try to tell ppl who have the HDTV that your old SD TV is just as good
I may forgive the inferior processor in it and pick one up for the sake of HD screen. 720p is the minimum spec for high end Android phones from now on. WVGA is so last generation and will be reserved for low end entry level phones.
01-10-2012 8:54 AM
01-10-2012 9:05 AM
That's why I mentioned the performance is unknown at this time. But they are already a few LTE tablets running at this resolution
01-10-2012 9:49 AM
01-10-2012 10:10 AM
01-10-2012 10:27 AM
That's true too. I guess it all depends on the hardware as you mentioned since the tech used in tablets are slightly more powerful.
Not really the Samsung 8.9 LTE tab released on AT&T uses the exact same Snapdragon 1.5Ghz CPU.
01-10-2012 10:54 AM
01-10-2012 4:04 PM
Skyrocket has the SAMOLED Plus screen which is not pentile. But it only has WVGA (800x480) resolution.
Skyrocket has the SAMOLED screen which is pentile. But it has 1280x720 HD screen.
I've owned a Pentile SAMOLED phone before, Samsung Captivate. Now I own GS2 which is not Pentile. Personally I can't see the difference unless you examine the pixels under magnifiers.
01-11-2012 7:03 AM
Captivate is Pentile
Infuse is non-Pentile
I777 is non-Pentile
Skyrocket - non-Pentile?
GNex - Pentile
Skyrocket HD - Pentile + Qualcomm CPU = horrible phone.