Samsung Stratosphere

6/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Samsung Stratosphere's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.3 operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G).

All things good to have at the budget price its at.

- Bowman , BWOne 

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)


Fast connection, decent hard keyboard, better than average camera and a good in hand feel

from GottaBeMobile

Unfortunately the phone has some play on the hinges when open that detract from the overall build quality. A slight bluish hue to the display also works against this otherwise good looking display. The specs are dated compared to phones just a month newer.

While I wouldn’t recommend the Samsung Stratosphere to smartphone buyers who want the latest and greatest, the ability to purchase it for as low as a penny, even for existing customers, makes it an attractive budget 4G LTE smartphone. It is certainly a better phone than the Pantech Breakout, and the only 4G LTE phone with an... Full review


Good battery life, good software performance and 4G LTE data

from BWOne
Samsung and Verizon did a good job here in making an affordable 4G LTE phone. For those that are not concerned about having the latest hardware specs it’s good option for them. You’ll get a phone with good battery life, good software performance and 4G LTE data. All things good to have at the budget price its at... Full review

Solid camera performance and great battery life

from Engadget

There were few surprises in our assessment of the Stratosphere, if any. It's meant to be a budget offering on Verizon's LTE lineup, and certainly includes specs indicative of that fact. However, we still couldn't shake the idea that this is little more than an LTE-enhanced version of a device from the Galaxy S era, with just a few minor improvements in UI and performance. It's still a good phone, but it's more or less a rehash of a handset that's already 15 months old. That said, it remains the sole LTE device on Big Red's network that offers a physical QWERTY -- at least, until the Motorol... Full review

Ars Technica

Customers will pay a premium for 4G, despite suboptimal keyboard and old internals

from Ars Technica

Unfortunately, the Stratosphere’s price is way out of line given its capabilities. The Samsung Continuum, which is another a modified Galaxy S with a smaller screen, is priced at $50 on Verizon right now, while the Stratosphere is $150. The Droid 3, another slide-out keyboard phone on Verizon, is priced at only $50 more and has a dual-core processor. What the Stratosphere does hold above both of these models, though, is access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Phone pricing can be pretty fluid depending on demand, but if LTE is a priority for you, you’re going to pay handsomely... Full review


Currently your only choice if you want a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard

from PhoneArena

Currently, the Samsung Stratosphere is your only choice if you want a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. We like Super AMOLED display, though we wish it were the “Plus” version, and the 5-row keyboard has a nice layout and is great to use, but can feel like it is sticking when trying to open and close it. The only real issue we had with the device is with the 4G connection drops, which are also present on the Samsung Droid Charge as well. At this point, we can’t say for sure if it is a Samsung issue or a Verizon issue, but both the Motorola DROID BI... Full review


It's neither the most powerful nor the most sleek device

from SlashGear
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... Full review
Android Community

The long-lasting battery alone makes the Stratosphere worth a second look

from Android Community
Provided that you’re on Verizon, you want a 4G phone and you absolutely cannot live without a physical keyboard, congratulations: this is your phone. It’s literally your only choice in that market, and unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be that way for a while. That said, the software experience is just OK, and the keyboard is definitely one of the lower sliders we’ve seen on Verizon. The Galaxy S makes a decent base for a mid-range phone, but there are better ones out there – just not on LTE... Full review
Laptop Magazine

Short battery life and mediocre performance

from Laptop Magazine
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... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 13, 2011
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3

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Processor ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.45 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
480 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Noble Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.6 x 6.5 x 1.4 cm
(5 x 2.6 x 0.6 in)
Weight 164 grams
(5.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Multi-touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry AutoText
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 2x optical
Flash Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info 1.3
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Allshare, Amazon Kindle, Backup Assistant, Blockbuster, Google Books, City ID, Desk Cradle, Google Latitude, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SCH-I405, Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G, Samsung SCH-I405U

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