04-16-2012 09:14 PM
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  1. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    So, I bit the bullet and decided my refurb SkyRocket had a few too many issues as I approached the 30 day return deadline. I bellied up to the bar and gave it back to AT&T and got me a new shiny 1 year warranty unit with the up charge. I have to say...at least during the 30 day period, AT&T has been really decent to deal with...I took my refurb back to a corporate store which is about a mile from my house, even though I bought the refurb online, and they took care of me, no problem. Very good service for the most part. got to play with the new Nokia Lumia900 they were pushing me to get instead...lol...not a chance though...nice phone, but it is no where near as nice as the SkyRocket in my eyes or hands at least. Windows felt clunky compared to android imho. Phone came with 2.3.5 android...should I update? What does 2.3.6 give me? Looking forward to benching this shiny new battery by the way...impressions on the way!

    04-12-2012 10:37 PM
  2. dwain77's Avatar
    All I've noticed in the update is a tweaked lock screen and some new icons. Reports of efficiency changes, but nothing I could prove.

    On the other hand I lost my scrolling wallpaper. I've also had (2-3) times where a call get stuck in the dialing screen but never actually connects. This may or may not be due to the update, but I didn't see it in the short time I had the phone before the update.

    Personally I'd have kept my scrolling wallpapers over the changes I've seen in the update. I'm sure there are other opinions though.

    **EDIT**
    While googling about the scrolling walls it was brought to my attention that maybe half of the live wallpapers are gone too. I don't use them often so I don't remember what all was available, but I now only have 4 stock live walls.
    04-13-2012 10:30 AM
  3. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Hey man, thanks for the feedback...ya so far really stable on the 2.3.5, and so I might just stick with it until the ICS push. I still have some tweeking to do at this point, but that's what the weekend is for. So far the battery seems a little better than my other one, so I am wondering if they slap a new battery in the refurbs, or do they give them a new one? This unit is one day old and has not been calibrated yet, but I may not mess with it as it seems to be doing better than the refurb, and it was no slouch.
    04-13-2012 12:25 PM
  4. TgeekB's Avatar
    Glad you got a better performing device. ICS shouldn't be too far off.
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    04-13-2012 03:56 PM
  5. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Thanks Man...so far so good...I asked the guy at the AT&T store about the ICS update and he laid it all on Samsung...hope we get it soon, and it is worth all the fuss.
    04-13-2012 04:07 PM
  6. jontalk's Avatar
    Skyrocketeer.. Hope the new phone works out. As you know, I've been investigating the SR, Note and today went to check out the Lumia 900 and HTC Titan. I agree with you about the Lumia and the Titan on display wouldn't even boot up which for a new phone, doesn't get it. Fortunately, one of the reps had one in his pocket so I got to play around with it. I think the Windows OS is sort of simpleton in look and feel, though comparing it to iOS is like comparing a Toyota to a Porsche.

    I have to be honest in saying that right now, I see too many issues with Samsung phones and feel the build quality just isn't there. The Note while very cool has some issues of which some may be shared by the SR (gamma clipping) and is quite noticeable on a large screen. I also experience some serious lag on the Note, too.

    So right now, I'm in a holding pattern and simply am not impressed enough by the SR, Note or Nokia phones. I WILL say that the HTC Titan screen is very nice, though I don't see myself going to a Windows OS.. The size of the screen seems about perfect (4.7") too and razor sharp.
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    04-13-2012 06:34 PM
  7. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    Thus far my Skyrocket is still going strong. I was very close to getting the Note, but, something tells me that in time the size would simply get on my nerves...

    Now, I did just research the HTC One X, and I might have to play with it when it is released. Albeit, I'm not a hugh fan of sense. Hmm, decisions, decisions...

    PS: Congratulations, Skyrocketeer...
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    04-13-2012 07:22 PM
  8. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Thank you JT and naviwilliams...I'm locked in now for 2 long years...I can enjoy watching you guys make the next phone decision though! Yes indeed many a good phone out there these days. JT I figure if you have waited this long maybe you should just wait for iPhone 5 and stick with the ios...it seems to have served you well. No doubt the iPhone 5 will be a quality unit. I'll tell ya naviwilliams, the HTC One X has one flaw I don't like and that is non-removable battery which to me in a big android phone is a fatal flaw. If I was you I might just set my sites on the Samsung Galaxy s III, which I hear may be out in the next couple months...that should be a quad core knockout.
    04-13-2012 07:32 PM
  9. anon(153966)'s Avatar
    I've just watched about three video reviews, the HTC One X, HTC One S, and the HTC Vivid. I'll be sticking with the Skyrocket for a moment...

    I hope the Samsung Galaxy S III is as good as everyone is saying that it will be...

    I'm now messing with the AllShare feature (I all three of my TVs are Samsung, and my dual monitors are Samsung,too).

    I might even remove my Otterbox case this weekend, just to appreciate my White Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket more
    04-13-2012 08:02 PM
  10. TgeekB's Avatar
    There sure are a lot of choices, aren't there? Diversity is a good thing. I am sure I will enjoy my SR until my upgrade in 11 months.
    04-13-2012 08:15 PM
  11. MattMJB0188's Avatar
    SkyRocketeer - Congrats on getting the SR!!! I was holding off for the HD version but I think I'm gonna pass and go with the original SR as there is a ton of support for it. I can't wait to get it so I can root it and load up a custom rom. Coming from an Iphone 4s I really look forward to LTE and the fact that there is a work around AT&T's data throttling.
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    04-13-2012 08:24 PM
  12. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Ya man lot's of great choices. i wish the biggies would drop the 2 year thing down to 1...maybe charge a little more and gimme a yearly upgrade...2 years is too long in this environment. Yes sir naviwilliams...there is nothing better than slipping that sleek phone out of it's case...such a better feel when it is caseless...the phone feels so well balanced and sleek...really fun to do. I love the Samsung TV's too...the new ES smart tv's are just unbelievable... gesture control...face recognition...voice recognition...awesome.
    04-13-2012 08:28 PM
  13. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Thank You Matt! I am real happy with mine, and my last phone was a iPhone 4s also...I haven't regretted the change one bit. Couldn't go back I don't think.
    04-13-2012 08:31 PM
  14. MattMJB0188's Avatar
    Thank You Matt! I am real happy with mine, and my last phone was a iPhone 4s also...I haven't regretted the change one bit. Couldn't go back I don't think.
    My biggest gripe with the SR is the low resolution. But I think that can be overcome with the amazing SAMOLED Plus screen. How is the screen? Some complained of visible lines?
    04-13-2012 08:51 PM
  15. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    I haven't had a single issue with the screen, and I sure spend a ton of time looking at it...I thought the 4s screen was sweet...but just too damn small...the SR has a big roomy screen...you won't miss the iScreen. Side by side the SR is a lot more vivid and saturated. The 4s looks slightly washed out in comparison.
    04-13-2012 08:58 PM
  16. MattMJB0188's Avatar
    I haven't had a single issue with the screen, and I sure spend a ton of time looking at it...I thought the 4s screen was sweet...but just too damn small...the SR has a big roomy screen...you won't miss the iScreen. Side by side the SR is a lot more vivid and saturated. The 4s looks slightly washed out in comparison.
    Cool. Guess its those who are really picky who noticed it. You gonna root? If you are flash the rom Silence Rom. Its based entirely on Stock and the developer is going to add the option to turn off LTE. Its a very, very stable rom and people report NO lag, whereas as on Stock there is a noticeable lag.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1584662

    He even includes the APN settings for a work around on the throttling. Assuming you have the unlimited plan.
    04-13-2012 09:30 PM
  17. jsarino's Avatar
    Hey man, thanks for the feedback...ya so far really stable on the 2.3.5, and so I might just stick with it until the ICS push. I still have some tweeking to do at this point, but that's what the weekend is for. So far the battery seems a little better than my other one, so I am wondering if they slap a new battery in the refurbs, or do they give them a new one? This unit is one day old and has not been calibrated yet, but I may not mess with it as it seems to be doing better than the refurb, and it was no slouch.
    If just wait if I were you. The improvements are more cosmetic imo. Good to know the new SR runs better then the refurb did.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 2
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    04-13-2012 10:17 PM
  18. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    If it lives up to all that I might...I don't have the unlimited, just the 3gb plan...I think it might be worth it to turn off the LTE which is a battery eater.
    04-13-2012 10:18 PM
  19. MattMJB0188's Avatar
    If it lives up to all that I might...I don't have the unlimited, just the 3gb plan...I think it might be worth it to turn off the LTE which is a battery eater.
    Ugh, I'd go right through that with LTE. Did you join AT&T for the SR? I find them to be very good, of course thats in my area, but for the most part I've been very happy with AT&T. My only complaint is sometimes I can feel the network congestion (hence me really wanting an LTE device) and speeds are like 2-3Mbps when at an off peak hour I can pull 6-7mbps.

    We are very lucky we have HSPA+ to fall back on and even UMTS compared to Verizon's EVDO which is terrible. Anyway, I'd definitely root and flash a custom rom. From my experience the Rom Developers really take care of their roms and update them quite often and they are far superior to the stock rom. You just have to read up on it, which I'm currently doing.

    I was able to root and flash custom roms with my original GSII so I know I can do it on here.
    04-13-2012 10:23 PM
  20. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Man i have to say I love AT&T network. great coverage and decent speeds. I have not had one instance of not being able to make a call since I got AT&T, and speeds will improve when we get the LTE here which is rumored to be happening this month. Sprint was what I had before, and I liked Sprint, but the coverage was just awful here in C town, but the unlimited data was the reason I was with them...but it was not worth it...speeds were like living back in 2004.
    04-13-2012 10:41 PM
  21. MattMJB0188's Avatar
    Man i have to say I love AT&T network. great coverage and decent speeds. I have not had one instance of not being able to make a call since I got AT&T, and speeds will improve when we get the LTE here which is rumored to be happening this month. Sprint was what I had before, and I liked Sprint, but the coverage was just awful here in C town, but the unlimited data was the reason I was with them...but it was not worth it...speeds were like living back in 2004.
    Yeah tell me about Sprint. For business last year I had to get the EVO 3D and it was a nice phone but it got terrible signal and the worst data speeds. I did manage to slip into a WiMax coverage area but as soon as I got a mile from the tower I was barely pulling 3 down. I also didn't like the fact that the phone was constantly searching for a "4G" signal if I left it on.

    AT&T takes a lot of heat but it's mostly from iPhone users. I find them to be excellent. The only other company that can truly compete is TMobile because eventually they'll have HSPA+ and LTE but it will take them a long time to play catch up. AT&T is aggressively rolling out LTE and I want to get it now before our iPhone friends bog it down.

    Come to think of it, I wish I wasn't on a network with so many iPhone users ugh.
    04-13-2012 11:05 PM
  22. TgeekB's Avatar
    I don't live in an LTE area but have no problems with AT&T's service or speeds. I can stream music, surf the Internet, check sports scores, etc. I'm worried LTE will just be a battery hog yet not improve my experience much. Hope I can turn it off.
    04-14-2012 07:01 AM
  23. skyrocketeer's Avatar
    Yes indeed T, the novelty of LTE will wear off quick if you can't get through a day on a charge...I thought it was part of the gig with LTE to not be able to shut it off...but apparently there are custom roms out there that will allow you to shut it off...AT&T are you listening...hello...?
    04-14-2012 02:44 PM
  24. TgeekB's Avatar
    I'm sure if you are downloading a lot of large files you would see a big difference but for ordinary everyday use I'm not sure. I guess I have a while before I find out.
    04-14-2012 04:10 PM
  25. Mharka13's Avatar
    I haven't had any issues with my skyrocket. Had it since it was released. The latest update screwed my scrolling wallpaper and hated the sliding option for call answering. But battery life has improved dramatically for me. So I guess those scrolling wallpapers and a slide to answer is now forgotten. Love my skyrocket. I'm so glad I ditched my iphone and that puny screen.
    My next phone will be the galaxy note 2 or 3 or 4. Can't wait.
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    04-16-2012 08:41 PM
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