HTC Vivid vs Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket: AT&T Flagship Handsets

November 10, 2011
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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.

Camera

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.

Memory

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

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.

Pricing

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?

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