"A lot of phone for the price."4.0 starson by Willie Snyder
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.