Pros + Fantastic screen
+ Very fast and responsive
+ It syncs up easily with all of your email, facebook and gmail contacts
Cons - Can not set different ring tones
Summary This phone is amazing. I have it for 2 weeks now. I'll admit it is my first android, but I've had the iphone and palm pre plus, so I'm not new to smart phones. Palm was my all time favorite OS, but there is just no support for it. I switched to android and it is amazing. It does a lot of the things that Siri on the new iphone does. You can speak commands like "text Dave" or "navigate to Pizza Hut". This is nothing new, but I had no idea that the Stratosphere could do it. It's super quick and really user friendly. It syncs up easily with all of your email, facebook and gmail contacts.
The phone has been called a "mid-tier" device, but the specs are the same as most of the phones that came out the first half of 2011. Just because there are a few crazy fast and powerful devices with 1GB of ram and 1.5 dual core processors, does not mean that this phone is a lesser device. I promise that if you are not a developer, and are not coming from the Galaxy Nexus or Droid Razr, you will not notice any difference in the less than year old specs of this thing. There is no lag. The only problems I've had were when Verizons 4g network had problems, but that is not the phones' fault.
This is an amazing phone for the price. My wife was going to get the Droid Razr, but liked the Stratosphere way more. She has no idea what the difference in processor or RAM is so that is saying something about the Strat. If you are considering this device, there is no reason to pass it up. But before you will buy this android phone, suggest check for best deal at this -> Androidcheaper.blogspot.com/2012/01/samsung-stratosphere.html
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Pros Fantastic Screen
Really nice keyboard
Cons A bit on the chunky side
Battery life could be better
No 1080P video recording
Summary My wife and I recently ditched our OG Droids. She got a Droid Charge, and I got the Stratosphere.OK, just a quick update. I've been using this phone pretty hard for about a week, and the battery life has proven to be pretty good. I stream audio all day, and it's been lasting from around 7 am to 11 pm with hard use and downloads.
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 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.
Updated on Oct 24, 2011
Still very pleased with everything else.
Updated on Nov 7, 2011Ordered the extended battery from Verizon, and it's turned my phone into a ginormous, streaming machine. Yes, it's about 3/4 of an inch thick now... but...
1) the battery can't be killed in a day (I've tried)
2) it actually stands up better (propped up) to watch netflix
3) it still fits fine in my jeans pocket
Updated on Dec 1, 2011Update:
This thing doesn't have Gorilla Glass! Why in the world, with glass like that available, would you put cheap, scratchable panels on a new mid-tier phone like this?
Screen protector on, but that's cheap, cheap, cheap Samsung.
Updated on May 4, 2012OK, one more update. After 7 months of use, I'm adding a few more comments.
The antennas on this guy just don't hold as strong of a signal as they should. I often drop from 3G to 1x (or no data connection at all) in places where my OG Droid was solid 3G.
And while my ginormous extended battery can last a very long time in standby, this thing is a power hog. Streaming audio books or music from the SD card really seems to drain it fast (I can drain the 3300 MAH battery in about 6 hours of heavy use).
The Stratosphere seems to be holding up well though, even after several pretty good drops.
Probably won't buy another Samsung though, build quality and data signal strength will bring me back to Motorola for my next purchase.
Pros 4G LTE when it decides to work.
Data disappears in areas where previous 4G service was available
Summary My work bought all its employees as a replacement for our previous company issued cell phone. 90% of us are having the same issues as listed below.
I have to pull battery 4+ per day due to the OS completely freezes out to where the power button won't even respond. 2-4 times per day I have to reboot phone because it will completely lose 3G/4G and resetting to data doesn't fix issue. Battery won't last 10 hours if you use data on the phone. Browser crashes at least once a day.
I would not recommend this phone to anyone, even if you get the phone for free. I wish I could give this phone zero stars.
Pros battery life, screen, 4gLTE, keyboard, gingerbread
Cons only 512 memory
Summary i had a hard time deciding on which phone to upgrade to and was swayed by the keyboard, 4g, the super amoled, and the price.. i love this phone. i was skeptical with only having 512mb of memory but have not seen any lag even with multiple apps running. the camera takes excellent pictures. coming from the incredible 2 i thought i would have trouble with samsungs UI but i found it very easy to get used to. my only complaint with the phone was no light when its charging or when u have missed calls or messages. there is an app i was told of, noled, that has solved this issue. the battery lasts the entire day with moderate use.
Pros QWERTY keyboard slide out with upraised letters; excellent picture quality ( I even use this as my main camera); much faster than previous phones I have had (Samsung Fascinate, Motorola Droid (Original model), and LG Ally).
Cons Battery Life; 4GB memory card (but can be expanded upon); thicker than phones without a slider.
Summary So far I love this phone. The battery life is a little short, but what can we expect when we keep adding to the phones features. I will definitely be buying the extended battery. .While the phone is thicker than other phones it still slides easily into my pants pockets (and I wear fitted clothing).
The best advice I would give someone wanting this phone is about the accessories. If you want a docking station then I would stay away from covers for the phone as you have to remove the cover to plug into the docking station. When removing the back cover the phone can seem a little fragile, but then you are pulling against the back.