Samsung Stratosphere User Reviews
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soapbubbles54 posted on 19 Dec 2012, 21:06
soapbubbles54 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I got this phone in March of this year and I love it. I've had some problems with it though, and I'm on my third replacement. What I love is the smooth operating system, the fact that EVERYTHING is customizable and the full keyboard.
What I dislike is that the phone likes to get very hot, very fast. It also likes to shut itself up randomly. I could also live without what I call the "laser light show" display on the startup screen. All of these cons are totally cancelled out by all the pros.Build quality 8/10Reception 9/10Call quality 9/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 6/10
- great camera
- good call quality
- full keyboard, easy to use
- medium length battery life
- laser light show
- randomly shuts off
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egarland posted on 13 Dec 2012, 19:45
Piece of Garbage
egarland has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
To put it in plain language...I WANT MY LG ALLEY BACK. This piece of garbage can't stay connected to the internet for more than 2 minutes. This is the second stratosphere I've had in less than 2wks. The original phone crapped out within 2 days...had to replace it. Now I either can't get connected or can't stay connected to the internet. There is no way in H _ L L I'd pay the $300 they say the piece of crap is worth....RIGHT!! I know why it's called stratosphere..it's because thats where you want to throw it whenit craps out on you. I will NEVER own another samsung piece of garbage again.Build quality 3/10Reception 2/10Call quality 2/10Internet 2/10Multimedia 2/10Camera 6/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 2/10Text input 4/10Display 6/10Battery 7/10
- one heck of a camera
- everything it's supposed to do...it can't, it's soooo sllow when working on the internet or trying to log on,or stay logged on.
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Preddek posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:17
Excellent except for 1 or 2 minor annoyances.
Preddek has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
As my first smartphone it has far exceeded my expectations with one exception, the WiFi range is awful. When connecting to my home router (Linksys WRT54G) I get 1 of 3 WiFi bars at ~20-50 FT away, beyond that no connection and only able to get all 3 bars at ~2 FT from the router. Same happens in reverse when used as a mobile hotspot.Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 9/10
- Seemingly indestructable for a smartphone
- TouchWiz UI
- Excellent Battery Life
- QWERTY keyboard
- 4G LTE
- Poor WiFi range
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jewbose posted on 27 Jul 2012, 15:11
jewbose has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The lies i was told about how "great" this phone was quite believable but take it from me do not purchase. Within the first couple months i had a replacement sent out, and still having problems. I have a iPhone 3G that wasnt used for the whole week and is still on a good 20% that phone is terribly old but works better on the battery and barely has any space on it.Build quality 7/10Reception 8/10Call quality 7/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 8/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 6/10Text input 7/10Display 9/10Battery 4/10
- The screen is beautiful
- When it actually works like its supposed to great phone
- It was the only thing a 15 year old could afford so thats why it was bought
- Have to restart it several times a day
- It will overheat when your not touching it
- The fact it dies on the charger is terribleeeeeeeee
- WiFi isnt that great for some reason
- Apps consistantly run no matter how you try and close them
- Restarts itself at the worst times
- Freezes a lot
AndroidPhoneFan posted on 23 Mar 2012, 01:41
Great Phone! Very few complaints.
AndroidPhoneFan has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Well I've had this phone for 3 months now and I have to say it just about fulfilled my expectations.
The 1GHz processor in this device allows the phone to run pretty smoothly. Reading the other reviews I think some of the bad comments are extreme cases because in my 3 months with this phone I have never had freezing problems or have had to restart for any reason.
I expected the phone to be a little faster in 4g areas but that could be because I've never had a "smart" phone before. However it still loads data-intensive web pages pretty quickly and faster than my mom's Droid Incredible 2 even in 3g.
My only complaints with this phone are the speaker placement (on the back) and the size. In order to actually hear your music, video, or even a phone call on speaker phone mode, you have to either flip the phone over, or hold it yourself. If you lay it down on your bed or a table, the sound will be muffled.
While the phone does have an AMAZING physical keyboard, I find myself using the virtual keyboard more often because of its ease of use especially with the swype keyboard. Sometimes I wish I hadn't got a phone with a physical keyboard. However, sometimes typing with the virtual keyboard can become pretty frustrating and I return to the physical one.
The camera is decent and has a fair amount of settings. The screen resolution however could be better. It's hard to find a good looking wallpaper because unless you have a super high res downloaded photo, or you are using a picture taken...Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 10/10Display 8/10Battery 7/10
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erikquinn posted on 02 Mar 2012, 16:59
Good Phone, Weak Battery
erikquinn has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Built well... It seems a bit big, but is really not a problem, and very durable, especially considering the slide-out keyboard (this usually makes phones flimsy, but here, it didn't).
4G LTE is cool stuff. Blazing fast wherever you have it, but also blazingly battery-hungry when you use it. 4G and GPS are known battery killers, and no phone out there has been able to support heavy use for a full day. This phone will support moderate use for a day- maybe. I've had some troubles.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 9/10Battery 5/10
- Fast & Powerful
- Nice Screen Size/Quality
- Well Built
- QWERTY slide-out keyboard
- And Battery
Shawnfernholz posted on 04 Feb 2012, 11:52
DONT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shawnfernholz has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I have had this phone for less than 2 months and have been to store 4 times and customer servive I lost count Locks up , kicks you off internet until you restart phone and now having problems with calls and keyboard! 2 words DONT BUY!!!! Save your money. So disappointed and frustrated, want to throw it at the wall but cant do that!!!!!!!Build quality 9/10Reception 1/10Call quality 9/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 1/10Camera 10/10UI speed 1/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 3/10
- Good when works but that is rarely
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ghobbsdk posted on 26 Jan 2012, 18:42
Beautiful phone but...
ghobbsdk has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
My husband and I bought this phone at a local Verizon store as a Christmas gift for our daughter; this is her first smartphone. I played with it a little and liked the way it felt in my hands - not too heavy and sturdy enough. I loved the beautiful AMOLED pictures - so crisp and clean. I started shopping around for a phone for myself since I was due for an upgrade. So, when I saw that Best Buy had this phone free, I had to get it. Well, I've had it for 8 days and have already had to restart the phone pretty much every day at least twice and have had to take the battery out a couple of times because the phone would freeze up! Also, sometimes I get screen notification that there is no service or internet connection even when I'm in wifi area at home and at work. I don't understand how this could be. I asked my daughter about her phone and she said the same thing happens with hers - the constant screen freezing up. It's too late for her to return her phone because she didn't speak up about it in time. I'm looking to return my phone and am not sure which to go with next. I haven't really bothered with the cameral (back or front). And I got aggravated with the texting since the dictionary needed to be added to each time I typed a word using the virtual keyboard. When I tried plugging in my earbuds, sound didn't come thru at first because I wasn't pushing in the connection into the jack firmly enough. Shouldn't have to push it in that hard... I don't know which phone to get next...Build quality 10/10Reception 5/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 5/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 3/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- beautiful AMOLED display w/gorilla glass
- good battery life
- phone seems sturdy
- playback thru headphones while listening to downloaded books was clear
- screen freezes quite a bit; had to restart the phone after only having the phone for a couple of days
- aggravated at having to add words to dictionary for texting
- reception/service was spotty even in wifi zones
- need to insert firmly the headphone jack into the phone or else there was no sound coming thru
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kittiemissy posted on 12 Nov 2011, 18:34
kittiemissy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone is amazing... (a bit heavy due to the extended battery) I love the keyboard. The bright screen, good size screen, and it has auto answer! FINALLY samnsung. I was going to get the Charge, but it did not have auto answer with an ear piece. This is essential while I drive, due for safety reasons & its the law too - hands free.... The extended battery is amazing! I don't have to charge it all day even when I used the apps. Its a must to get the extended battery on just any smartphone when you are a heavy user, or even medium user....Pictures are clear,and colorful...Build quality 10/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- great key board,Colorful screen,versital
- Ok battery battery w/ the standard,the extnded battery is much better