1. mc511's Avatar
    So as i stated in the HHTC vivid forums i am on the market for a new LTE phone fr att and was looking at the HTC and the skyrocket. I would like some opinions on the phone itself. I am doing some research since i am buying off contract.

    How doe the phone hold up against basic phone functions such as text messaging and phone calls hold up?
    Hows the screen?
    Since i am a game developer and will be making a game for android phones would this be a decent testing device?
    Any odd quarks i should know bout?

    Any final thoughts would be awesome as well. Thanks to everyone for their help. I want to make sure i get the best device out there on ATT.
    01-11-2012 01:13 AM
  2. jdm-skyrocket's Avatar
    I have had my skyrocket since mid november, The display on the skyrocke is amazing, its what sold me on buying this phone in the first place, I haven't seen another phone out there that even comes close! I have never had any problems with texts or call, plus with the 1.5ghz duel core processor, this phone would be ideal for game testing, this is by far the best phone I have ever owned!! I have my skyrocket rooted, I'm on the skyicecream 6.6 custom rom with the sky kernel 0.0.8b4 custom kernel by faux123 flashed over the rom, i have the processor running @ 1.73ghz so my phone blazes!
    01-11-2012 03:42 AM
  3. dahkillah's Avatar
    screen : amazing.
    text messaging : no issues
    phone calls : there are times that other line could not hear me or "fading". could be my phone case or signal dropping.
    games: good enough for games
    01-11-2012 08:51 AM
  4. dalvik's Avatar
    yeah the screen is amazing but mostly on a day or room light, in the dark though, if you are watching a movie or playing a game or anything that has to do with black color on your screen you can see blotches and sometimes even vertical lines on your display (i had them before but don't see now) plus most of the time (in the dark room or with dimmed lights also) you can see sorta like brushed metal texture on the screen it looks expecially wierd if you try to move the picture and those lines stay fixed on top of it.... this has been discussed here and in other Samsung phones forums (Galaxy Nexus has this thing too) and It appears that it is someting most SAmoled + screens suffer from. so probably this is a side effect of that particulat technology. it doesn't bother me though cuz I rarely if never watch the movies on my phone but i do play games sometimes and I can see it. Other than that the phone is an awesome device. call quality, texting, messaging etc. etc. are on the level you'd expect from a high end device. no complaints here. the battery life is also not that bad considering its an LTE phone. but I have a spare one with me all the time just in case. So all is well, and honestly since the first day i got this phone i havent had any problems with it (no sudden reboots. freezes etc. knock on wood..) just thought you should know about the screen though.....
    01-11-2012 09:54 AM
  5. dahkillah's Avatar
    i had the lines/blotches issues too with black skyrocket. i had it replaced with white one. i still see blotches but it is significantly better than the black one.

    battery is ok. i get 10 hours of heavy use.
    01-11-2012 10:00 AM
  6. dalvik's Avatar
    i think there are actually some apps by supercurio from xda that suppose to if not fix but improve some issues with SAMoled+ hopefully he'll come up with that particular fix as well.....
    01-11-2012 10:03 AM
  7. jdm-skyrocket's Avatar
    I have never seen thes lines/ blotches on my skyrocket.
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    01-11-2012 10:06 AM
  8. dalvik's Avatar
    I have never seen thes lines/ blotches on my skyrocket.
    wow really.... you must've found a gem.. cuz i've personally seen like 5 of these phones at ATT stores and all of them have this plus lots of threads on the net.
    Edit:
    I'm not being sarcastic btw.
    01-11-2012 10:16 AM
  9. randall2580's Avatar
    I have had the SR since Dec 10, coming from Blackberry I like the phone very much. To your questions:
    screen: very sharp. I know there have been some complaints about lines when using the screen at the lower end of brightness - I haven't noticed. Anyone who sees the phone and picks it up comments on how sharp the screen is - almost without exception.

    texting: no issues. Coming from BB typing on the screen takes some getting used to but using the android voice to text works really well.

    phone calls: again no issues. I live in NE Penn and work in Westchester, NY. All along my route I get HSPA+ for the most part - and good clear calls. No drops noted to date. Took the phone to South America in December - worked well there too - so travels well.

    I don't use my phone much for gaming so I can't really speak to it except Words with Friends that works flawlessly if that helps. I say that specifically as my Samsung GT 8.9 has trouble with the game.

    Qurks: The one "complaint" I have about the phone so far is that it doesn't play well with Vlingo using Bluetooth (I have a BlueAnt S4 in my car). Use Vlingo on the phone works very well, use it on the Bluetooth - gets maybe every 2nd or 3rd word most of the time - gets very frustrating to the point I don't use it in the car any more and that's a shame the program is perfect if it works the way it did without the Bluetooth.

    I took the SR over the Vivid after doing alot of reading and playing at my local ATT store - I thought the screen on the SR looked better and I liked the feel of the SR in my hand, though I am sure if you go to the Vivid forum they would say the same about their choice.
    01-11-2012 10:27 AM
  10. dalvik's Avatar
    the screen really is sharp for being a nonHD i was surprised when i saw it first time and compared to my Atrix it looked almost the same if not even better in terms of pixel density. I can only image how fantastic SAmoled+ HD would look...
    randall2580 sorry for the offtop. but how do you like your galaxy Tab 8.9? would you recommend it over Asus TF Prime? thanks.
    01-11-2012 10:45 AM
  11. jedah's Avatar
    Screen is great, though as people mentioned, it has some strange lines when viewing dark greys in low light.

    Phone calls and texts work perfectly for me. Bigger screen has been great for typing.

    I'm stock and rooted, and the performance has been great for me. It can handle just about everything I throw at it w/o any lag at all. I'm sure it'll be good for gaming, too. The one thing I'd look out for is that some games are not compatible on our devices for some reason. I tried to purchase Asphalt during the 10c sale, and it was only compatible w/ a GS2 (my previous phone), but not the SR.

    As for issues: The screen issue mentioned above, and on mine, sometimes bluetooth doesn't turn on (though it's been awhile since that's happened).
    01-11-2012 11:33 AM
  12. mc511's Avatar
    Yeah I have heard of these lines. Are they visible all the time or only when the screen is at low light?

    Sent from my Desire HD
    01-11-2012 01:46 PM
  13. Horr1bleK1tten's Avatar
    Well the galXy note is going to att that would be the best you just have to wait a while to get it

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    01-11-2012 01:49 PM
  14. dahkillah's Avatar
    Yeah I have heard of these lines. Are they visible all the time or only when the screen is at low light?

    Sent from my Desire HD
    low light and extremely dark room.
    01-11-2012 01:58 PM
  15. sherazkhan2's Avatar
    Got Skyrocket two "days" back, after using iPhone 3GS for nearly 2.5 years, I really liked the 4.5 screen of it and waited for it to go down to 199.99 before buying it. Lot of people who swtiched from iPhone to Skyrocket (or SII) wrote on different forums that they absolutely loved it and were happy that they made the switch, well for me it isn't such a rosy situation.

    Things l like about it are Amoled display, 4.5' screen, better colors and resolution (as compared to 3GS), the way you can customize your widget on the screen like Accuweather app which iPhone doesn't have. Sound for songs is better as well. White device itself is beautiful. I like holding it in hand, doesn't feel cheesy or plasticy to me.

    Now, things I don't like about it, very first one is that the emails that have images in it, like ad emails from ATT,GAP etc don't get resized as they used to in iPhone, I have to manually resize the emails, text emails have no issues. Would be better if the cell phone could be turned on using any of the buttons on base of phone like home button in the iPhone. Right now have to click the power button on the side, guess I am not used to it right now. With Headphones there is no voice control on the headphones, you can only end the call with the headphones.

    I am still thinking about whether to keep this phone or not, still have one day to avoid the 18 dollar upgrade fee or pay 18 bucks for another 25 or so days, I am paying 35 dollars for restocking either way.
    01-11-2012 02:39 PM
  16. randall2580's Avatar
    Trevalkin - I went to go get the SR at my ATT store and during the holidays they had a promotion buy the GT 8.9 and get the SR free - so basically for 200 more than I was willing to pay for the SR I got both. So far, very happy I did. The GT is very nice - all of the things I like about the SR work great with the GT. There are some goodies about getting the Samsung family together - allshare works with a Samsung TV - allows you to share video, photos, music etc among all 3 that's very cool. The TF Prime is nice if you don't like typing on the screen - but I find the keyboard on the GT very easy to use. Will be upgradable to ICS at some point as well, I haven't had the chance to play with the Prime just read about it - this was more of an impulse buy with the promotion but I have to really stand up and recommend the GT it's a very nice tab, nice size. My only complaint is that Words With Friends doesn't seem to be compatible - but I think its not the GT I think other Honeycomb tabs have similar problems with it.
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    01-11-2012 03:41 PM
  17. mc511's Avatar
    I see, it looks like i may not really care about the lines then unless i am in that extreme circumstance. I dont put my phones light down much nor do i watch videos in the dark. i sleep in the dark. LOL.

    I like the front facing camera as well. I havent seen it but i do like the fact that it has one. Overall it seems like a great lte phone. IDK if my area has lte but its nice to be future proof. This should gt ICS i heard rght? Also i will buying off contract since i renewed it last year and wont be able to upgrade till april 2013. Thats a long time for me.

    Oh and you can take screen grabs right?
    01-11-2012 09:01 PM
  18. dalvik's Avatar
    randall2580 thanks a lot for your reply! I returned my Prime last week back to bb store. it was extremely laggy I'm thinking of getting the galaxy tab since I have the Skyrocket and like you said they both gonna work perfectly together. I have to play with it a bit more in the store to decide though. thanks again!
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    01-11-2012 10:38 PM
  19. dahkillah's Avatar
    randall2580 thanks a lot for your reply! I returned my Prime last week back to bb store. it was extremely laggy I'm thinking of getting the galaxy tab since I have the Skyrocket and like you said they both gonna work perfectly together. I have to play with it a bit more in the store to decide though. thanks again!
    I remember AT&T offering free Skyrocket when you purchase a Galaxy Tab. You should have took advantage of that.
    01-12-2012 08:47 AM
  20. randall2580's Avatar
    This should gt ICS i heard rght?

    Yes - SR is confirmed to get ICS in 2012.
    01-12-2012 11:50 AM
  21. Donald Jeffries's Avatar
    Screen is great, though as people mentioned, it has some strange lines when viewing dark greys in low light.

    Phone calls and texts work perfectly for me. Bigger screen has been great for typing.

    I'm stock and rooted, and the performance has been great for me. It can handle just about everything I throw at it w/o any lag at all. I'm sure it'll be good for gaming, too. The one thing I'd look out for is that some games are not compatible on our devices for some reason. I tried to purchase Asphalt during the 10c sale, and it was only compatible w/ a GS2 (my previous phone), but not the SR.

    As for issues: The screen issue mentioned above, and on mine, sometimes bluetooth doesn't turn on (though it's been awhile since that's happened).
    01-13-2012 11:18 AM
  22. Donald Jeffries's Avatar
    I am new to android and would like to know what is the advantage to being rooted.
    01-13-2012 11:20 AM
  23. tedj101's Avatar
    I am new to android and would like to know what is the advantage to being rooted.
    Rooting simply gives you superuser status. As a regular user, your access is limited to the upper levels of the system. Theoretically, this makes sense since it keeps a user (who is likely to be less sophisticated than an administrator) from doing something to screw up the system or what amount to apps that are more or less part of the system (like the phone functionality). Unfortunately, the carriers use your lack of access to put a bunch of junk (and it is, for the most part, junk) on your phone which is designed to cost you more money. (A good example of this is AT&T Navigator for which they charge an insane $15/monthly fee). Rooting your phone simply means getting super user access so that you can make changes at a level that your carrier would rather you didn't.

    While all this sounds nice and easy, making changes at the system level has its downside. One of them is that the carrier is likely to drop support of your phone including updates to the operating system. While there are third party updates available (alternative ROMS), fooling around at this level is dangerous for the uninitiated (and everyone is uninitiated at some point) and rapidly becomes a way of life. For years I refused to buy carrier sourced phones for this reason. The Skyrocket offered so much more with LTE etc. that it persuaded me to give up my Nokia N-8 and go with a carrier sourced unit - despite relegating me to "crippled" firmware.

    The big question for you is, are you prepared to get the knowledge to support your own phone. (I assume you don't have this knowledge since you asked the question.)

    I hope this helps,
    <TED>
    01-14-2012 03:25 AM
  24. tedj101's Avatar
    I see, it looks like i may not really care about the lines then unless i am in that extreme circumstance. I dont put my phones light down much nor do i watch videos in the dark. i sleep in the dark. LOL.

    Oh and you can take screen grabs right?
    Since no one responded to your question, yes you can get screen captures. Just touch the "home button" and press the power key at the same time. They are stored in a special file which is available with file manager or the pictures app.

    Regards,
    <TED>
    01-14-2012 03:31 AM
  25. Donald Jeffries's Avatar
    Two things: First I recently installed ICS version 4.0.4. Once installed I noticed that a lot of my music artist names were changed to unknown artist Is there something that can be done about that. Secondly it seems my battery drains really fast with the new upgrade. I turn it off around 11 pm and charge it at night. It doesn't get turned back on until around 5:30 and by 11 am I'm putting it back on the charger. This is with minimal use. Is this normal or is there something that I can do to extend the life of this battery.
    08-10-2012 06:28 AM
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