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The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II makes text entry a breeze with the slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard. Videos look great on the four-inch Super AMOLED™ screen. Stay connected while traveling outside the US thanks to the built-in global capabilities. Share photos, videos and music by tapping the Stratosphere II with another S Beam capable (NFC) smartphone. Stay connected with friends, family and work using the power and speed of Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. Stratosphere II and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system together deliver a great smartphone experience at an affordable price.
The Samsung Stratosphere sports a bright 4-inch display.
What cell phone compares to this model? It has a similar form factor and user interface as the Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint.
Why should I get this phone? You want a powerful Android smartphone with Verizon 4G connectivity that can be used for work, but it also has enough entertainment features that its fun to use.
In a nutshell: The Samsung Stratosphere has a lot to offer including 4G connectivity, a speedy 1GHz processor, and something not often found on Android smartphones a slide out tactile QWERTY keyboard.
The Samsung Stratosphere may not be the slimmest Android smartphone in the Verizon line-up, but thats for good reason. It has something not found in a lot of other Android smartphones: a slide-out 5-line tactile QWERTY keyboard. We appreciated the spaciousness of the keyboard and that there is plenty of room surround the chiclet-style keys. While we rarely encountered mistypes when using the keyboard we did find ourselves often hitting the period button instead of the space key. There are also quite a few thoughtful additions for the keyaboard including four arrows for navigating though menus and placing the cursor, dedicated Home, Menu, Back, and Search Keys that mirror the four keys found at the base of the Stratosphere when the keyboard is hidden, one-touch access for adding an emoticon to a message, and the top line of the keyboard are for numeric keys. When this keyboard is in use the cell phone screen automatically goes into horizontal mode. Of course there is a touchscreen keyboard that supports SWYPE. You can use either keyboard to send messages, write notes, or search for stuff on the web. Additionally, the on-screen dial pad is big and easy to read.
The slide-out 5-line tactile keyboard is spacious.
Making Calls: During phone conversations we could hear callers pretty clearly and callers said they had a similar experience on their end. However, we recommend locking the screen once a call is initiated since we did occasionally push the End Call button when we held the phone too close to the face.
Operating System: The smartphone comes loaded with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, sports a 1GHz processor, which makes for a responsive user experience. Along with the included 4GB microSD card (it will support up to a 32GB microSD card), the smartphone has 4GB of internal memory so theres enough room out-of-the-box to store music, photos, videos, and more. You can switch between five home screens and launch applications without delay. This also means video playback is smooth and seamless. Overall, the user interface is fairly straightforward and icon friendly.
At the base of the screen are four quick launch buttons for Apps, Phone/Contacts, Messaging, and Applications. . Verizon has included a few apps on the cell phone such as the Blockbuster, Amazon Kindle, the companys Backup Assistant, Lets Golf 2, NFL Mobile, Slacker Radio, and of course access to the various V CAST offerings. We should also note that this cell phone will work with corporate e-mail accounts, and offers VPN access.
The 5-megapixel camera is loaded with features.
Picture taken at the camera's highest settings.
Connectivity: The Samsung Stratosphere works with Verizons 4G LTE network. Its fast. When theres a 4G connection available theres no need to use a WiFi for a faster connection
The 4G LTE SIM card is smaller than those found in most phones.
Battery Life: The battery life performance on the Samsung Stratosphere was on par with other Android 4G smartphones. We were able to go a full day before needing to recharge the cell phone, when we had the cell phones screen set at full brightness and used it to check e-mail, surf the web, listen to music, play games, and take a few pictures.
With its 4G connectivity, corporate-centric features such as VPN access, and slide-out QWERTY tactile keyboard, the Samsung Stratosphere is a solid choice for business users.
|Operating System Release Number||4.0|
|Cell Phone Design|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||4.97 x 2.58 x 0.53 in.|
|Weight (w/standard battery)||5.43 oz.|
|Keyboard Type||Physical QWERTY|
|Screen Size||4.0 in.|
|Push To Talk (PTT)||No|
|Camera & Video Features|
|Front Camera Resolution||N/A|
|1080p HD Video||No|
|Cell Phone Specifications|
|Processor Name||Not Available|
|Onboard Memory||4GB microSD pre-installed|
|Removable Memory Card - Type||Micro SD Card|
|Maximum Memory Card Capacity||32GB SDHC|
|Removable Memory Accessibility||Under Cover|
|Photo Caller ID||Yes|
|Expandable Memory Slot||MicroSD|
|External Volume Control||Yes|
|Service / Support||1 Year Warranty|
|Hearing Aid Compliance||M4/T4|
|Talk Time||Up to 8 hours|
|Standby Time||Up to 212|
|Battery Milliamp (mAh) Hour||N/A|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Web Browser||Full HTML|
|USB Port Type||Micro-USB|
|Early Termination Fee|
|Early Termination Fee - Initial Amount||$350|
|Early Termination Fee - Monthly Declining Amount||$10|
Customer Rating: 1.8
by Cindy -- September 8th 2012 -- Spencer, OH
Since purchasing the Stratosphere in January of 2012, I have taken it back 7 times. Once even sending it to Samsung in Texas. My verizon tech was kind enough to lend me his phone for the 3 weeks while it was being "fixed" so I wasn't without a phone..WORST PHONE EVER. I have tried everything with no success from Verizon. Reading these other reviews has eased my mind cause I was beginning to think I have a chip in my brain that is causing all the distortion...teehee People sound like aliens, or I am sounding like I am in a tunnel. It randomly mutes or just hangs up. Tons of crackling and loud, loud popping noises that "they" say has never been reported with this phone...ha....They should read these reviews. I am canceling all 3 of my contract dates when they come up, and will never, ever deal with a Verizon contract again. Oh, there is also condensation that happens around the battery when the phone overheats. I was told that is a safety feature built into the smart phones to protect the phone from burning up...Never heard of this one!!!! Ok, thanx for letting me vent. I have been going crazy for 8 months and now I feel so much better.!!!!
Customer Rating: 2
by Jason -- August 19th 2012 -- Plantsville, CT
I bought this phone when it came out in October, it worked great for the first few months, then the software issues started, the phone shuts its self off even though fully charged, while you are using it it shuts off, data service keeps cutting out. I am on the 4th phone replacement and all have the same issue. Verizon states there are no known issues, but through contacts i have with verizon, i have been told there are major issues with this phone and they have been waiting for 6 months for a program patch to fix it. Until the software is fixed, don't buy this phone, unless you want a big headache!
Customer Rating: 2
by mas -- August 17th 2012 -- kokomo, IN
Not easy to use it freezes too much and the memory sucks.
Customer Rating: 4.5
by Chris -- August 7th 2012 -- Emporium, PA
I bought this phone and it worked great for a little bit, but then a month later when I text with the touch screen, the spacebar starts to delete everything I type and the "i" button kicks me out of the text message.
Customer Rating: 1
by Cathy -- July 31st 2012 -- Corona, CA
The call quality is HORRIBLE! If you want clarity RUN away from this phone. Verizon and Samsung refuse to acknowledge the call clarity issue. Had one of our two phones replaced & nothing changed. Our old cheap flip phone had awesome clarity. This phone is 100 steps back in time. These billion dollar corporations offered the solutions of sending in the phone for them to "check it out" leaving me with no phone at all OR I could buy another phone. That's how Verizon [& Samsung] treat loyal customers.We are warning all of our friends and will not purchase another Samsung piece of junk product of any type. Shame on Verizon for selling these phones & leaving us high and dry with a lousy phone and some lame email suggesting that the problem is something other than the substandard CLARITY. They do not stand behind the products they sell in their stores.
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