Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD vs Samsung Galaxy Note

by: Paul NuñalJanuary 24, 2012
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With the recently concluded CES 2012, Samsung has showcased yet another milestone cementing its position as one of the leaders in bringing top-performing devices to the consumer market.

Among the new devices Samsung unveiled at CES 2012 were the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD and the Samsung Galaxy Note–both of which are heading to AT&T and both reported to be LTE-capable.  Let’s take a look at these two upcoming offerings from AT&T and find out which one might be worth your while.

Design and Display

Takings its roots from its older brother, AT&T’s Galaxy Note sports the same form factor with the exception of the AT&T logo found right below the earpiece. Aside from that, four new capacitive keys were added.  The earlier, original, and international version features a single home button sandwiched between two capacitive keys.  The AT&T-bound Galaxy Note still sports the massive 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display capable of 800×1280 resolution.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD is a completely revamped version of the earlier Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. The Skyrocket HD never fails to amuse when it comes to giving the ultimate viewing pleasure, as it features a larger display at 4.65 inches that is capable of rendering 720×1280 resolution. The Skyrocket HD is nice to hold, giving you a comfortable grip, and it is still coated with Gorilla Glass for protection.


Powering the massive Galaxy Note is a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (presumed to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3).  The global variant of the Galaxy Note used a Samsung Exynos chipset, clocked at 1.4 GHz.

Like the newcomer phoneblet, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD for AT&T also comes with a dual-core, 1.5 GHz processor, just like its smaller-screened predecessor on AT&T, the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.

Memory and RAM

Both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD feature 1 GB of RAM each.  That out to be sufficient for running multiple applications. Depending on what model you choose, the Galaxy Note can hold 16 or 32 GB of internal storage while the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD has only the 16 GB version. The lack of storage space will never be an issue as both devices are capable of storage expansion up to 32 GB with the aid of a microSD card.


In the camera department, both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD feature an 8 MP main cameras. Depending on your personal tastes, taking shots on the Galaxy Note can be better.  The huge display can be a great advantage, as vivid details can easily be shown on the screen. Other notable features found on both devices include autofocus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, and geo-tagging, just to name a few.

Operating System

Samsung’s signature trademark TouchWiz UI is visibly found in both devices, with some minor customization on the Galaxy Note. Both devices run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung promising full Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades in the coming months.

Here’s a quick review video of the Samsung Galaxy Note:


On paper, both devices are nearly identical in terms of specifications and build features. The only thing that separates them from the other would probably be the display and stylus found on the Galaxy Note. If size doesn’t concern you, then I suggest you go for the Galaxy Note. The enormous 5.3-inch display and S Pen (stylus) are definitely plus factors.

For a more pocket-friendly device, the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD is a fair choice to have. The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD still shares the same success of the original Galaxy S2, but slightly upgraded and made to perform better for AT&T customers.

Given this overview of these two upcoming AT&T devices, which one is catching your fancy?

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  • Vroyale1

    i have been thru quite a few PDAs to want to go b ack to a stylus, my last phone/pda was the HTC pure from ATT. A phone is a phone and even tablets are not using stylus. Why r we going backwards?

    • Tmb993

      It’s not backwards you moron, it just another optional form of touch input. You can use your fingers or the stylus. The stylus is for those who want to be able to write on it like a notepad or draw on it. No other PDA or tablet has had a waccom digitizer, so it’s going to be awesome.

  • RickTroll

    its not going backwards, stupid.

  • Ashok2656942

    its nice

  • Janstheman

    I like the big screen and it seems to be more than just another pretty face. The digitizer has my vote plus the battery specs are the largest of any cell phone I have seen. Let us hope Samsung offers it to all the carriers. I would hate to think its just available on one only.

  • Mylene Lazaro

    Galaxy note is much way better…. for the reason that it has bigger and wider screen display…

  • Guest

    This review does not tell much new. How about NFC? Enabled? Also battery time would be an interesting aspect as I expect LTE+large HD displays to kill battery in no time.

  • seeking

    Voice command is the goal, however if you are somewhere that sound is prohibited, then a stylus just helps, and you don’t look like you’re texting but taking notes :)

  • Darrenhensleyw

    The battery on the note is much largervthan the s2 and it lasts a lot longer too. I am on mine all the time. Surfing, listening to music, and movies are great with the larger screen. I wasn’t sure about the stylus but after I bought the note, and used the s pen, its great. It makes altering photos or jotting down notes during church or meetings, great. The only gripe I have is, they haven’t made a case/holster clip combo for the note yet. I have one for my galaxy s2 and its nice. Once they make one for the note ill be 110% happy with the note. I simply love the phoneblet