The Stratosphere’s biggest differentiating factor will certainly be it’s five row QWERTY keyboard, and my initial reaction was that it felt very solid to use. The keys aren’t overly raised, but they have a satisfying throw once pressed, and the sliding mechanism was smooth. Users who send lengthy emails or a lot of texts will enjoy using the Stratosphere’s keyboard, especially if you aren’t a fan of touch screen options.
Aesthetically it’s what we’ve come to expect from Samsung devices. The Stratosphere’s 4-inch Super AMOLED display looked very sharp during our brief tour around Android 2.3 overlaid with TouchWiz – that included zooming around web pages and digging through settings. Additionally, the 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM made switching between apps a breeze. On the back it comes equipped with a 5 megapixel camera while the front has a 1.3 offering, and you can pinch to zoom and tap to focus when taking photos.
For those pining for a 4G LTE phone equipped with a five row horizontal keyboard this seems like a solid choice. The Stratosphere will be released on October 13 for $149.99 with a two-year contract on Verizon.