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Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for AT&T

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Nov 3, 2011, 8:58 PM

2G/3G/4G toggle?

Does anyone know if Samsung and/or at&t will allow you to actively chose which bands you want to use on this?
I have read that it will default to HSPA+ if LTE is not available but does that mean it is always searching for LTE (and thus burning a little battery) or would I be able to turn it to only use GSM bands?
Likewise- I get a stronger signal in my house on edge for whatever reason and force my Nexus One to 2G. Does anyone with a GSII have any feedback on if you can toggle that? (I know at&t takes that function out of many phones)

Anyone know the range on market size? I live 7 miles out of DC and work 3 miles from the limit. Would LTE in DC reach me?
The current GSII can't toggle which it connects to by default, but I'm willing to bet you can toggle LTE on or off on the new one. It would seem kind of pointless to constantly have it on.
Have the phone in hand now, there's no toggle to turn LTE off.

Nov 3, 2011, 12:19 PM

Hey Eric

Would you say it would be worth the extra $50 plus a $35 restock fee to go from the current GSII to the Skyrocket?
Maybe going with the HTC Vivid and only paying the restocking fee would be smarter? O.o
Tough call, man. Do you live in one of the five LTE markets already? Or one of the four that will be lit up next week? If so, then perhaps, as you'll have the whole LTE network to yourself.

Only you can decide if it is worth the $85 in fees, thoug...
i wouldn't - the camera on the Galaxy S II is noticeably better. It's confusing, as they both have an 8mp camera - but i've used both, and the Galaxy S II camera consistently takes better photos.

Nov 3, 2011, 5:41 PM

How Much?

I wonder how much this phone as well as the Vivid will be if one wishes to buy it unsubsidized?
The current GSII is $549.99, so I'm guessing the Vivid will probably be the same and this one will be $599.99.
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