"Recent iPhone Convert, I'm Never Looking Back!"5.0 starson by S-Greene
Pros: Beautiful and bright screen
Extremely fast dual-core processor
Battery life is decent
Upgradable to ICS
Customization and power of Android
Cons: Samsung/Touchwiz interface
Screen is not HD
Web Browser could be better
Summary: Like many others I jumped ship from the iPhone when the 4S was released. I loved my iPhone but was disappointed with the lack of a larger screen and same old form-factor. I also grew tired of living in Apple's ecosystem; being tied down to 'their' way of doing things. They make really great products but for me it was time to branch out. I picked up the Skyrocket in early November. Here are my thoughts after using it for nearly two months.
Beautiful and bright screen. One of the best I've seen. Colors are rich and vibrant compared to most other phones I've seen. The large 4.5" screen makes one handed typing difficult but the tradeoff is completely worth it. Games, movies, and web browsing is amazing. It makes it painful to go back to the iPhone.
4G LTE. The difference is night and day compared to 3G. If you have an unlimited data plan this phone is worth getting just for LTE.
Extremely fast dual-core processor. Apps load insanely fast. I've heard some people complain of lag due to the snapdragon CPU but I have not seen any issues myself.
Great camera. Not the best ever (iPhone 4S is better) but it doesn't disappoint. It's one of the best cameras you will find on an Android phone. I've heard people say it's better than the Galaxy Nexus, too.
Google apps. Maps, Gmail, Talk, Voice search, etc. They work well and are better than what you get on iPhone. Maps has more features than what is available on iPhone like Labs, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and walking paths, for example. Voice search is as great as Siri on iPhone 4S, minus the gimmicks.
Battery life is decent. I can easily get a full day on one charge. Granted I used to get two full days on an iPhone but for an Android phone one day is great. Keep in mind android phones are generally more powerful, are able to run background apps, and have faster cellular antennas (4G LTE) which drains battery quickly.
Upgradable to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich). Samsung has confirmed this phone will get ICS. Some say Q1 2012, I wouldn't expect it earlier than late spring/early summer. But honestly this phone is great even without ICS.
Light weight. Some say light weight phones feel cheap, and they may be right, but ultimately I want my phone to be light and easy to hold for long periods of time (for reading, watching movies, games, etc)
Customization and power of Android. Coming from iPhone this is simply refreshing. You can totally change the look and feel of everything so it suites your needs perfectly. All stock apps can be replaced with better downloadable apps (Email, Gallery, Camera, File Browser, etc) which you could never do on an iPhone. For example I replaced the stock Email app with the Touchdown which has superb Exchange support. Don't like the default keyboard? You can choose from dozens of other keyboards to download and use. (the default keyboard is actually pretty good though).
Samsung/Touchwiz interface. Admittedly I actually like Touchwiz (at least better than any other manufacturer skin) but this added layer is largely unnecessary, especially with Ice Cream Sandwich coming soon. Some parts also look too much like iPhone/iOS, like the text message app, for example.
Screen is not HD. The pixel density of the screen is not on par with the Galaxy Nexus, HTC Vivid, or iPhone 4. While it's difficult to make out the pixels, I would have hoped Samsung would have used a higher density screen for a top-of-the-line phone.
Plastic body. This is completely a matter of taste but I don't prefer the plastic body of this phone. I was used to the glass and aluminum of the iPhone 4. It's not a deal breaker though, especially if you use a case. And the upside is that the phone is really light weight.
Web Browser could be better. The iPhone web browser is generally faster and displays content more consistently. It also has a weird quirk where all your tabs will close a few minutes after you stop using it. I would prefer the browser maintain my open tabs all the time, even between reboots. If someone finds a way around this let me know! Anyway, I use Dolphin browser which is a fantastic alternative.
If you are like me and have used an iPhone for years I don't think you'd be disappointed. The large screen, 4G LTE, camera, and performance you get from this phone make it a great all-around package. Alongside the Galaxy Nexus I believe this is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now.
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