As if the arbitrary names of smartphones weren't confusing enough, AT&T comes along with two devices with the same name. Okay, they've added the word skyrocket to the end of Galaxy S2, like that is supposed to mean something. In reality, the Skyrocket is a bit different from the other variations of Galaxy S2. The biggest difference is that the Skyrocket has a bit bigger of a screen, a bit faster of a processor and is compatible with AT&T's brand new 4G LTE network. Naturally, with those extras comes a higher price tag. Skyrocket is about $30 more than the Galaxy S2.
If you live in one of the half dozen cities where AT&T has already started up their LTE system, then you can take full advantage of the Skyrocket. Furthermore, if you just have to have this little guy in white, then that should be available in a week or so.
Those are the main differences, but the Skyrocket also has a slightly larger battery (gotta support those high speeds somehow), and is a few grams heavier than Galaxy S2. Also, the shoulders on the Skyrocket are slightly rounded as opposed the squarish corners on the S2. Besides that, the devices are virtually identical with Super AMOLED Plus displays, eight megapixel cameras and the Gingerbread variant of the Android operating system. Both devices should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sooner than later. Samsung is the company that Google paired with to make the groundbreaking Galaxy Nexus, so it would make sense that their two best phones would get the update before anybody else. That is not official, though, so it's possible, however unlikely that another device gets it before. One cool feature that both devices have is the near field communication chip that enables the tap-to-pay function. It will also allow both phones to take advantage of the Android Beam when Ice Cream Sandwich comes out. Just tap two of these phones together, and instantly share music, movies, text and other files. Both would have to be running Ice Cream Sandwich for Android Beam to work. Tell us in the comments if you've tried the AT&T LTE network.
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