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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Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.