Summary: The Samsung Stratosphere is Verizon’s latest LTE device, but it’s the first to offer a full, physical QWERTY keyboard. It’s worth a look for users that must have a keyboard, but there are better options available for everyone else.
Pros: Excellent laid-out keyboard, Fast 4G data speeds, Nice looking Super AMOLED display
Cons: 4G Connection drops, Keyboard doesn’t open smoothly, Only 5 homescreens with limited widgets
Summary: So yes, the Stratosphere is just like every other Galaxy S device out there except it was released a year later. Is that a bad thing? It is if you're keen on having the latest and greatest. Otherwise, the Stratosphere is a solid 4G device with a beautiful display and an excellent QWERTY keyboard. Are there better phones out there? Absolutely. But if you need a physical keyboard and you're in a 4G area, the Stratosphere is your best option.
Pros: Beautiful Super AMOLED display; excellent physical keyboard; Android 2.3 Gingerbread; newer version of TouchWiz UI; good battery life for a 4G Android device; 4G LTE.
Cons: Otherwise great processor performance was marred by a choppy web browsing experience; poor HD video capture quality.
Conclusion: This device represents a unique choice, as all good smartphones should. Again, this is the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard on it, and it's the second of two Samsung smartphones on the market today running on that same network. This device is neither the most powerful nor the most sleek device in any category, but it DOES have a keyboard, I assure you.
Summary: If you want a phone with a physical keyboard and access to Verizon's 4G LTE network, the Samsung Stratosphere is your best choice, but it's also your only choice. The Stratosphere's five-row keyboard is a joy to use, its gorgeous Super AMOLED screen really pops, and it offers the fastest data speeds we've seen yet. However, the performance and battery life of this Android handset leave something to be desired.
Pros: Blazing 4G speeds, Gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, Comfortable keyboard, Good call quality
Cons: Short battery life, Single-core performance, Records only 480p video, Tethering difficult to set up