Samsung Stratosphere 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
- Display: 4.0-inches
- Camera: 5-MP
- Processor Speed: 1.0 GHz
- OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 4G-enabled, Android-powered business--oriented smartphone with 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 1 GHz processor; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (with optional Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot service)
- 5-MP camera/camcorder; front-facing video chat camera; Bluetooth stereo music; 4 GB memory plus 4 GB microSD card; corporate and personal e-mail
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- Size (LWH): 4.96 inches, 2.54 inches, 0.55 inches
- Weight: 5.76 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Network Compatibility: GSM
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 212 hours
Combining the a five-row QWERTY keyboard and Samsung's 4-inch brightly colorful Super AMOLED touchscreen display, the Android-powered Samsung Stratosphere for Verizon Wireless is ideal for fast-paced mobile professionals. It's loaded with enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity and robust data management support. And the 1 GHz single-core processor allows you to "hypertask" between business apps and your favorite movies and games.
Combining the a five-row QWERTY keyboard and Samsung's 4-inch brightly colorful Super AMOLED touchscreen display, the Android-powered Samsung Stratosphere for Verizon Wireless is ideal for fast-paced mobile professionals. It's loaded with enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity and robust data management support. And the 1 GHz single-core processor allows you to "hypertask" between business apps and your favorite movies and games--which are given an impressive visual impact thanks to the rich contrast and razor sharp resolution of the Super AMOLED screen.
Loaded for business and pleasure, with a
slide-out QWERTY keyboard, super-fast
4G LTE connectivity, and brilliant
4-inch display (view larger).
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. With 4G LTE, you'll enjoy simultaneous voice and data capabilities, allowing you to check e-mail, browse the web, download an app, and check directions on Google Maps while on a call. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company's entire 3G coverage area over the next three years (learn more about 4G below).
The Android 2.3, Gingerbread OS keeps everything running smoothly, and gives you access to over 250,000 Android Market apps. It's the perfect system to help organize your life while you're on the go, and stay entertained while you're going. And now you can create folders to help organize your various apps, to greatly reduce your scrolling time. Create folders to organize your applications based on your personal preferences and use patterns.
Samsung's Media Hub gives you access to thousands of movies and next-day TV shows. With progressive download optimized for mobile phones, begin watching movies in seconds. And with Samsung's AllShare, you'll be able to wirelessly stream media to DLNA-certified devices such as laptops and HDTVs
The Stratosphere includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash (480p DVD-quality recording) and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat. With the Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, you'll be able to connect to business and home networks, as well as share your 4G LTE connectivity with other Wi-Fi-enabled devices with the optional Mobile Hotspot service.
Other features include next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 4 GB internal memory plus included 4 GB microSD card (microSD expansion to 32 GB via optional cards), full HTML browser with support for Adobe Flash, multi-format music and video player, and up to 8 hours of talk time.
Better Productivity with Enhanced Enterprise Support
Accessing your e-mail and business apps on your phone is now easier than ever. Samsung's enterprise mobility solutions provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that you're able to operate more efficiently on the go. Features include:
Samsung's Media Hub enables you to rent or purchase movies and TV shows within seconds watch from the convenience of anywhere. With Media Hub's progressive downloading feature, you can start watching your content almost immediately as the rest of the file downloads to your phone. Plus, all Media Hub content can be shared among five Media Hub-enabled devices on the same account.
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The Samsung Stratosphere weighs 5.8 ounces and measures 4.96 x 2.54 x 0.55 inches. Its 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 8 hours of talk time, and up to 212 hours (8.8 days) of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G and CDMA 800/1900 frequencies where 4G LTE is not available.What's in the Box
Samsung Stratosphere handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 4 GB microSD card, quick start guide
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.
With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.
In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.
More Verizon Wireless Services
VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
Backup Assistant: This complimentary service automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone. There are no subscription fees for the service.
NFL Mobile: Get the deepest NFL experience available on a mobile phone with NFL Mobile from Verizon Wireless. Basic features include live audio of all games, video highlights, fantasy tracker, and team customization. Premium features (with Verizon Video subscription) includes NFL RedZone, NFL Network, and access to games on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
Android Gingerbread Operating System
The Samsung Stratosphere runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.
Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.
The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.
The Stratosphere also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
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After the latest OS upgrade, the wi-fi has (for the most part) stopped working. Although the signal status of a connection could say "Excellent" with a 36 Mbps bandwidth (or higher), apps requiring a data connection (browser, Facebook, accuweather, etc.) will simply time out with warnings such as "no internet connection" or "lost connection". Google: 'Samsung Stratosphere Wi-fi issues' and you will see that I am not alone with this problem. While minor wi-fi issues have existed for this product from day 1 (and many other phones) from what I can glean from Samsung user groups and forums; the problem has increased dramatically since the OS upgrade in September. Verizon sent me a replacement Strat that they 'guaranteed' would work; it did not. We have no troubles with other wi-fi devices in our home (2 other phones and a tablet). Verizon has acknowledged this issue and is now sending me a Galaxy S III (refurb. at some cost) as a replacement. I'm very bummed as I absolutely loved this phone. But without a good consistent wi-fi connection, it's seriously debilitated. If you are considering it, I would try test the wi-fi capabilities first in a store before taking it home. Good luck.
So, it's not actually free as I needed to sign up for 2 more years of Verizon. But who cares, I needed to sign up with someone anyway...
I'll just hit on a few pros/cons.
-MUSIC - I downloaded the Power Amp app and the resultant audio quality on this thing is amazing. I can safely pull the card out of my Sansa Fuze and drop it in the Stratosphere. I won't miss the Fuze (which had unbelievably good sound) a bit. This is the main reason I went with this phone. I no longer need to carry both a phone and MP3 player to the gym - don't cry Sansa; you served me well
-Video playback is excellent as well.
-The screen is beautiful.
-The phone/dialer GUI is beautiful as well - so good in fact that Apple is suing Samsung because the Samsung overlay (over the Android OS) looks a little 'too' good (a copy of Apple's)
-4G - LTE, this is noticeably faster for downloads than my wife's 3G Motorola Droid X 2.
Although the phone itself, running apps, etc. isn't faster (or if it is, I can't tell the difference)
- Android OS; highly customizable. Layout the screens exactly the way you want.
- Apps galore; seriously, what App (actual useful app that is) can you get for an iPhone that you can't get for an Android now?
-Room for 36GB total (4 internal, 32 on micro SD) - getting a smartphone without a Micro SD card slot is like getting an SUV without a luggage rack.
-ergonomics. This phone is difficult to handle when trying slide out the hard-key keyboard. Also, the keys themselves are difficult to press. I don't have large fingers, but I can't press individual keys without using my thumb nails. It's not a big deal - it will just take getting used to it.
However, once the keyboard is open, it has very good balance in your hands
- NO external notification LED when a message or voicemail has been left. This seems like a no-brainer add on.
- can't tell what it's doing when plugged in. It would be nice if it would at least show the battery status when in that semi-standby mode when charging
If you're not concerned about the cons; consider this a 5 star phone
****UPDATE 12-1-11 ****
I downloaded the NoLED app and it now shows a small colored square on the screen (when off) to notify me of a new voice mail or email! (thank you Jan for the tip!) I therefore would give this phone 4 1/2 stars and the keyboard ergonomics are still a little questionable, although now after having it for a couple weeks, I can hunt-and-peck type pretty fast.
I bought the Empire hard case and it greatly improves the handling of the phone when opening the hard keyboard. This phone is about perfect for me now.
I added a video taken with the camera - WARNING the wind hitting the microphone was really loud.
I really love this phone. I haven't had ANY problems with it in the month and a half I've had it.
I use it a lot.
Just wanted to add a couple words about the Bluetooth. I've been pairing the phone with a small Alcatel Bluetooth receiver when I go to the gym (the receiver has an 1/8th inch stereo receptacle). That way, the phone can stay safely in a gym bag or on the book shelf of a cardio machine without the threat of an accidental pull on a headphone cord resulting in the phone flying through the air. The Alcatel pairs very nicely with the phone ; I've never had to "re-pair" the connection after it connects the first time. The range is about 25-30 feet. I think both are Bluetooth 3.0 or higher, so the audio bit rate transferred is very high resulting in very good sound quality.
Good build quality
Really nice keyboard
A bit on the chunky side
Battery life could be better
No 1080P video recording
My wife and I recently ditched our OG Droids. She got a Droid Charge, and I got the Stratosphere.
As far as:
Speed, mine is as fast as hers.
Software, mine has the advantage of Android 2.3.
Screen, you can't tell a difference in image quality, but her screen is a little bigger (although hers is almost too big to manage with one hand).
I'm really liking this phone so far. They keyboard is really nice (much nicer than on my Droid). Build quality is very good (although a little more plasticy than my Droid).
The camera actually is pretty good. You're not going to get DSLR pictures out of it, but it's very servicable.
The battery on the Stratosphere is bigger than on the Charge, but it doesn't seem to last much longer. Still long enough to get through a work day with pretty heavy use (I stream podcasts and books to my bluetooth headset all day). I sure miss the pre-smartphone days of recharging twice a week though. I ordered the extended battery to stretch this out a little more.
I haven't hit any performance snags yet, everything seems to be pretty buttery smooth.
I would highly recommend the Stratosphere to anyone wanting to upgrade to a new keyboard-packing smartphone.