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

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

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

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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