So I turned to my favorite ROM, CyanogenMod. Hmmm, they haven't released Android 4.4 (KitKat) for the Skyrocket. There is a stable version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) for the Skyrocket but it hasn't been updated since December 2013. I don't want to go to an old Android.
Sounds like a good enough reason to purchase a new phone!
You'll remember that I'm sensitive to size. That's why I chose the Skyrocket (Galaxy S2) over the Galaxy S3. So I went looking for a Galaxy S4 Mini. AT&T hasn't offered that yet so I was going to have to get it unlocked. That's already a generation back compared to the S5 and Samsung hasn't pushed KitKat to it. That didn't sound like a good place to land so I kept looking.
What I found was that newer phones than my Skyrocket have actually gotten smaller while increasing the screen size due to the smaller bezels. I could have my cake and eat it too!
I ended up with the Google Moto X.
Motorola was having a May Day sale for $325 for the unlocked GSM model with 32GB so I went for it. It's marginally smaller than the Skyrocket with higher resolution.
Do you think I have enough frequencies?
I used Moto Maker to build my own Moto X. I chose "Woven Black" (looks like carbon fiber) for the back, a black front, "Metallic Silver" for an accent color, and a personalized signature.
I found a carbon fiber wallpaper to match the back.
An amazingly quick trip to the local AT&T store got me a free nano-SIM with no activation charge and I was up and going.
|Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket||Motorola Moto X|
|Device type||Smart phone||Smart phone|
|OS||Android (4.1.2, 2.3.6, 2.3.5) TouchWiz UI||Android (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)|
|Dimensions||5.15 x 2.75 x 0.37 inches (131 x 70 x 9 mm)||5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)|
|Weight||4.66 oz (132 g)||4.59 oz (130 g)|
|Physical size||4.5 inches||4.7 inches|
|Resolution||480 x 800 pixels||720 x 1280 pixels|
|Pixel density||207 ppi||316 ppi|
|Technology||Super AMOLED Plus||AMOLED|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Features||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass|
|Camera||8 megapixels||10 megapixels|
|Focal length (35mm equivalent)||30 mm|
|Camera sensor size||1/3.2"||1/2.6"|
|Features||Autofocus, Smile detection, Geo tagging, Panorama||Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)|
|Features||Video light, Video calling|
|Front-facing camera||2 megapixels||2 megapixels|
|System chip||Motorola X8 (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960)|
|Processor||Dual core, 1500 MHz||Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait|
|Graphics processor||Yes||Adreno 320|
|System memory||1024 MB RAM||2048 MB RAM|
|Built-in storage||16 GB||32 GB|
|Maximum User Storage||28 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB|
|Talk time||7.00 hours||12.00 hours|
|Stand-by time||10.4 days (250 hours)||10.0 days (240 hours)|
|Capacity||1850 mAh||2200 mAh|
|Not user replaceable||Yes|
|Filter by||Album, Artist, Playlists||Album, Artist, Playlists|
|Features||Album art cover, Background playback||Album art cover, Background playback|
|Built-in online services support||Facebook, Picasa/Google+, Twitter||YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4) MHz||700 (band 13), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz|
|Data||LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE||LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS|
|Positioning||A-GPS||GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass|
|Bluetooth||3.0||4.0 LE, EDR|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a, b, g, n||802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Features||Mass storage device, USB charging||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Other||NFC, DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync, SyncML||NFC, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync|
|Notifications||Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone||Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass||Accelerometer, Compass|
|Hearing aid compatibility||M3||M3, T3|
|Other||Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording||Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording|
|Officially announced||31 Oct 2011||01 Aug 2013|
According to Steve Jobs that would be a "retina" display.
The Moto X is smaller than the Skyrocket in every dimension other than thickness (0.04 inches). And it's lighter.
I got the Seidio Spring-Clip Holster (HLMTXPAS). I used to buy cheap holsters but then one broke and cost me a new screen on the Captivate.
And just in case I wanted to play with a different phone using that nano-SIM I got a MediaDevil Simdevil 3-in-1 SIM card adapter kit.
Now I'll go flash my Skyrocket anyway.