Summary: I used to use the slow as dirt Stratosphere 2. Those phones break very easily. I bought a used 2, and it is great! I wish it where a bit faster, but other than that it's great. As for battery life: I text all day, email a lot, surf as needed, and stream Pandora in the car. Battery typically needs to be charged by 11pm. MUCH better than most of my friends' iCraps.
Pros: Great QWERTY keyboard, decent battery life, a lot of improvements since the first stratosphere
Cons: Sluggish at times. Some of the default settings (like how the shift button works) are just not thought out.
Strong Multiple Features Make this a Very Good Buy
12 August 2013
Summary: I've had the Stratosphere II for a number of days and have spent quite a bit of time getting to know my new phone. Overall I think this is a good phone with many good features, with some that are even excellent. In my opinion it is its overall solid performance in many features that makes this a very good phone to use.
Pros: Very fast set up, Good solid physical slider keyboard, Excellent processing speed, very fast network, Good to very good but not excellent screen, Camera, it's okay to good
Cons: Batter life needs to be better, Took a little while to learn some of functions, Voicemail volume
Summary: This is definitely the phone to have if someone is more comfortable with a QWERTY. The screen size is just right. Since I wear my cell phone on my belt, I can't imagine having one much bigger than this. Facial recognition is a nice feature for unlocking the phone even though it is not as secure as the PIN back-up option. It quickly transitions to different apps. The data usage also shows how much different data apps use.
Pros: I got it mainly because of the QWERTY, but there is enough space between the touch screen keys that I almost don't even need it. Setting data usage alerts is helpful, as is the auto interface with my home wi-fi to limit data usage.
Cons: Occasionally deactivates Navigation app if you switch from vertical to horizontal view after you've input an address but before it has loaded.
Excerpt: I'm a QWERTY side slider user. I assume if you are reading this, you are too. I upgraded from a Samsung Stratosphere (the first), before that a OG Droid, and before that, an iPhone 3G. This is the phone I always wanted. It's very fast (slightly faster than a Galaxy Nexus according to benchmarks), smooth, has reasonable battery life, has a good keyboard (5 rows even), a notification LED, and LTE.