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Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD vs Sony Xperia S

March 28, 2012

The recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012) at Las Vegas was a place to be for all gadget enthusiasts. Leading manufacturers showcased their devices and gave viewers a glimpse of what gadgets to expect this year. Two of those devices are the Sony Xperia S and the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD.

Both phones are good and are equipped with high-end specs that consumers will find it hard to make a choice between the two. So, to make your life easier, we will be comparing these two phones to help you come up with your own decision. In this comparison, we will be discussing the specs and features of these phones and how they differ from one another.

Design and Physical Features

The Sony Xperia S sports a candybar design.  It weighs 144 g and measures 128 x 64 x 10.6 mm. The phone’s chassis is made of plastic, which, relatively speaking, is not reliable enough for protecting the phone from scratches and falls. At the bottom of its screen is a unique transparent hollow strip which emits a blue light. This light-emitting transparent hollow radiates elegance and beauty from the Xperia S. The Back, Home, and Option capacitive buttons are also located on the transparent hollow.

The Sony Xperia S has the Power button on top and Volume buttons on the right. The phone also has a dedicated camera button located at the bottom-right side of the phone. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack on top. The lanyard hook, Micro USB connector, and microphone are located at the bottom.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD, on the other hand, sports a design similar to phones in Samsung’s Galaxy series. The phone bears a candybar design with slightly curved edges. The Option, Home, Back, and Search capacitive buttons are at the bottom of the screen. Unlike the other phones in the Galaxy series, the Skyrocket HD sports a smooth back cover which makes it easy to slide off your (wet or oily) fingers. The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD weighs 130 g and measures 133 x 69 x 10 mm.  Despite its bigger dimensions, the phone is lighter than the Xperia S.

Display and Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD sports a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a resolution of 720×1280 pixel and a pixel density of 316 ppi. Your images will be extra crisp with this resolution and vividly clear under broad daylight with Super AMOLED Plus on board.

On the back of the phone is an 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls. The phone is also capable of taking 1080p HD videos at 30 fps, capturing your lifetime memories the high-definition way.

The Sony Xperia S, on the other hand, sports a 4.3 inch LED-backlit LCD screen with the same resolution as Galaxy S2 Skyrocktet HD.  However, the smaller screen size increases its pixel density (342 ppi), thus giving a more vivid and crisper display to the phone. What’s more is that the phone features the Sony BRAVIA Engine which enhances the phone’s display.

The Sony Xperia S bears the power of a full-fledge digital camera. It sports a 12.1-megapixel camera with a single flash and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The camera is also enhanced with Sony Exmor R sensors that allow you to take pictures even under a very low lighting environment. Like the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD, the Xperia S is also capable of taking 1080p HD videos.

Internal Specs and OS

The Sony Xperia S sports a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a fixed 32 GB of internal storage. The phone also comes PlayStation-certified, making your phone a portable game console.

The Xperia S is equipped with a radio that supports GSM and HSDPA bands for 3G connectivity. You can also enjoy wireless transactions with its Near Field Communication (NFC) compatibility. The Xperia S carries a 1750 mAh battery (not removable) which gives you about 8.50 hours talk-time in 3G.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD, on the other hand, also carries a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor. It has 1 GB of RAM and an internal storage of 16 GB which can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. The phone also carries a radio that lets you enjoy the faster 4G LTE connectivity from AT&T. Due to its wider screen and 4G radio, the phone carries a bigger 1850 mAh battery. The phone also comes with Near Field Communication (NFC) support.

The Sony Xperia S runs on the latest Gingerbread (Android 2.3.7), while the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD runs on the earlier Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Both phones will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich some time in the first half of this year.


The Sony Xperia S costs about US$660 (retail). The Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD, on the other hand, reportedly costs around US$250 with a two-year contract on AT&T. We still need to confirm the phone’s subsidized price once AT&T releases this phone.


The Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD are both good phones with high-end features. But, not all smartphones are perfect and each of the two has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The final choice depends on the users’ determination of how their chosen phone suits their needs and lifestyle.

For those users who prefer taking pictures on their phones or want high quality videos and images, the Sony Xperia S will be a perfect phone. The phone is equipped with advanced technology that boosts the phone’s camera and display.

For those who prefer more storage, faster data connection, and are okay with decent camera performance, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket HD will surely answer those needs. The phone has a microSD card slot which expands the phone’s memory up to 32 GB. The phone also supports 4G LTE connection from AT&T.

What’s your call in relation to these two powerful Android phones?  How did you reach such a verdict?

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