AT&T recently launched two new Android smartphones for its LTE network. Consumers and Android enthusiasts got very excited about the LTE launching since this evolution promises nothing but pure high speed data transfer on AT&T.

The two flagship handsets on AT&T are the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both handsets bear a lot of promise, considering both companies are on the top of the Android food chain.

Let’s have a quick look at the specs and features of each phone and maybe perhaps we could give you an idea on what phone you should get, shall we?

Design and Exteriors

The HTC Vivid has the same classic all-black design with metal back casing which is common among many Android phones.  The Vivid also has a white variant.  Design-wise, the Vivid looks clean and simple, yet elegant and sophisticated.  It is a design that anyone can proudly strut around without embarrassment.

The same can be said of the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket.  Being a sibling of the world-famous Samsung Galaxy S2, the Skyrocket variant still sports an attractive black design.

The two devices are about the same height and width, but the Skyrocket simply pushes the Vivid out the window when it comes to sexiness and slimness.  The Skyrocket is only 9.5 mm.  In comparison, the Vivid is 11.2 mm thin.  Just as it is thin, the Skyrocket is also lighter (130.5 g) than the Vivid (176.9 g).  It makes you wonder how manufacturers managed to pack so much power into such light and thin smartphones.

Display and Processing Power

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket is basically just an upgraded  Samsung Galaxy S2. From the 1.2-GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor of the Galaxy S2, the Skyrocket boasts a 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The HTC Vivid on the other hand carries a 1.2-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.  In terms of processor clock speed, the Skyrocket simply has better rocket boosters.

Both handsets each have a magnificent 1 GB of RAM, to better match their powerful dual-core processors.

Although both handsets have incredible 4.5-inch screens, the HTC Vivid wins with a whopping 960×540 resolution.  However, it is slapped onto an LCD screen. The Skyrocket only has 800×480 resolution, but on a Super AMOLED panel. Now, this part right here makes for a very tough decision because higher resolution on a wide screened handset is pretty glamorous, yet a Super AMOLED screen is also tempting.


Both smartphones are peers when it comes to camera resolution, as both have 8-megapixel cameras with superb picture capture and video capture quality.  Both also have front-facing cameras, but the Skyrocket boasts of a better, 2-megapixel front camera compared to the Vivid’s 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls.


Both have internal storage of 16 GB with microSD card slots for storage expansion. However, with the Skyrocket, you can insert the microSD card into the slot without having to pull out the battery.


Battery life is one of the most important aspects when it comes to choosing a phone.  The greatest, most powerful, and fastest superphone is practically worthless if it could only run for a handful of hours.  The Skyrocket reportedly has longer battery life than the Vivid.  The Skyrocket’s battery reportedly lasts for an entire day.  In comparison, the Vivid only lasts for about less than 8 hours.


The Skyrocket comes with a US$249 price tag, while the Vivid comes with only US$199.  So, in terms of pricing, the choice is easy to make.  But, throw other factors such as features and specs into the mix, and it could become rather confusing.

On a personal note, I’ve always been a Samsung fan, and I am wont to get the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket for the sole reason that it’s made by my favorite manufacturer.  However, after looking at the HTC Vivid and what it can do, I realized that it does have what it takes to make me forget Samsung for a while.  In the end, though, the final choice lies in what you need out of your Android smartphone.  Which of the two smartphones is the right choice for you?

  • Anonymous

    htc’s bluetooth 3.0 doesn’t work with bluetooth 2.x cars, SGS2 does…please include this FACT.

  • Battery on my Vivid while not stellar easily gets me double that. Another user also reports the HTC 3.0 Bluetooth does not work with 2.0 car radios. Mine connects and works flawlessly with my Pioneer Avic radio.

  • Techie

    I love my Samsumg Skyrocket.

    • Dfranjh26

      Is it worth the price? The HTC vivid is cheaper and has almost all the same things going for it except shorter battery life

      • Thomas714

        Definitely worth the price difference. For $50, you get a faster processor, better front camera, better bluetooth, lighter phone, and better battery life. I unplugged my SGS II Skyrocket 14 hours ago, turned off my wifi before leaving the house, and with limited use, my battery is not even 25% down. Considering that I’m going to have the phone for at least 2 years (on contract), the extra $50 for the advantages is well worth it.

        • Thomas714

          Wow! I noticed my 4g LTE icon is showing on my SGS2 Skyrocket phone here in San Diego. Decided to do a Speedtest and got 22651 kbps download and 4632 Kbps upload. That is way faster than my cable modem at home!

  • mrsausage

    Vivid gets you 8 hours if battery time!!!! I have mine up for 1day and 1 hour with 2hrs and 10min of screen time and still have 20 percent of battery life.
    Knowing that ICS is out and considering Samsung’s update records, the Vivid is a clear winner!!!!!!


    My galaxy after just using it very little some texting checking email will be about dead in 7 hours with very little use.