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Samsung Stratosphere Review

Samsung Stratosphere

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Samsung Stratosphere Review
The 1GHz processor does a nice job of loading apps and making the phone feel quick and responsive. To help measure the devices’ performance, we first ran the Quadrant Benchmark app, which gave a score of 1400. This is far ahead of the Samsung Droid Charge’s score of 939, but is still much lower than the Motorola DROID BIONIC (2465), LG Revolution (2122), and HTC ThunderBolt (1703). Next we used the AnTuTu benchmark app, and got a mark of 2979 on the Stratosphere, which is about equal to the HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution.

One area that we were not impressed with on the HTC ThunderBolt was its lower than average voice quality. Thankfully, those issues are not present on the Samsung Stratosphere, as there is no background noise, and voices sound clear and natural, just like on the Droid Charge.

Signal reception was good in the South FL area (despite the issue with the device going between 4G and 3G modes) and showed 2-3 bars with -89dBm to -94dBm signal strength, and we didn’t drop any calls.

The included 1800mAh battery is rated to provide up to 8 hours of talk time or 8 days of standby time. During our testing, we were able achieve the advertised 8 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, but under mixed daily usage, we were only able to get about 7 hours, which means if you’re a heavy user, you might need to charge it throughout the day.


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 BIONIC and HTC ThunderBolt are able to stay locked on the 4G signal better.

Software version on the reviewed unit:
Android 2.3.5
Build Number SCH-I405.EI2

Samsung Stratosphere Video Review:


  • Excellent laid-out keyboard
  • Fast 4G data speeds
  • Nice looking Super AMOLED display


  • 4G Connection drops
  • Keyboard doesn’t open smoothly
  • Only 5 homescreens with limited widgets
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posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:08 2

2. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Touchwiz just looks ugly in landscape mode.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 19:59

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Stop trolling.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 04:07

13. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

not really a fan of touchwiz at all...

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:18 1

3. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I used this phone and it's pretty slow. I would give it a 6.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 03:53

11. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

slow compared to what?

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 14:08

4. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)

4g on my stratosphere in LA worked great. 44Mbps down, 22Mbps up. No switching back and forth. Just north of LA in the valley I was hitting 22Mbps down and 11Mbps up. No drops of any kind and pages loaded quickly. Wirefly loaded in less than 5 seconds on 4g, RARELY had half a second or less of checkerboarding when zooming/browsing the pages, but it was very responsive. On wifi it was just a tad slower than my roommates 4s.

So far with moderate usage (40+ txts/email, 30 minutes of call, 30 minutes of gaming), my phone has been on a full charge for about 36 hours. At about 20% currently. I was in a 4g area for only about 3-4 hours though, so it would probably be less with full 4g.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 19:54 1

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

At first I thought this was a harsh review given the score. Then I remembered "oh wait, this is the Epic from nearly 2 years ago just with LTE" Since it's got Gingerbread but that's all it'll have. If you are in a strong LTE area and need a keyboard, you should still wait. Wait for the Droid 4 or deal with not having one because this is completely outdated from the start.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 14:41

8. burtonsnow8 (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)

It is an older model, but there are some improvements over the epic4g. I consider myself a techie, had a TP2 before this which I built custom ROMs for. If this phone can't do what you want with whats out there than you are looking for something not on the market. As long as I keep the task manager cleared (which why would anyone not, even on a dual core 1gb phone, for the battery savings alone) this phone handles everything. Phone arena loaded blazing fast, thats with all the flash content. I very well might be trying to rationalize my purchase but for what I do (moderate use, business use, e-mail) it is awesome.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 20:20 1

9. sarahkap83 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Someone doesn\'t know what they\'re talking about. I have this phone and I like it a lot. It has all the major features that new phones have.

Also...I use my keyboard ALL OF THE TIME and...I definitely don\'t feel the keys scraping against the display when I slide it in and out. Just saying....

It\'s a solid phone and it\'s free at radio shack. What is there to complain about?!

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 21:15

10. jen_y (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)

I love the phone only problem the battery last 18 hours and today it was over heating

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 03:58 2

12. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

i think people keep forgetting this would be considered ENTRY/MID LEVEL... waiting for the Droid 4 would defeat the purpose.. the Droid is on a whole different tier.. there still needs to be mid level smartphones out there to help people break out of the messaging phone or feature phone catagory..

posted on 21 Jan 2012, 13:34

16. asmallchild (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)

I had network connection issues with this phone.

Moved to the Nexus.

Apparently the Nexus has network connection issues for some people. Not for me.

Thank god.

Otherwise I would have shunned Samsung phones forever.

posted on 25 May 2012, 20:26

17. sondamom (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 May 2012)

I don't like the camera on mine...there is a blue line that goes down all my pictures I take and I have only had it 3 weeks or so.

posted on 10 Jul 2012, 13:39

18. 12dr34m (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)

I can go for an iphone over this one.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 18:23

19. keyboardmom (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

I don't really like this phone. the camera is pretty good and the touch screen is good. I don't like the size of the keyboard.... i don't like the way I have to answer it... I hang up on people a lot. Don't like typing on the touch screen... I'd rather have a tablet for browsing and reading email.... It does some things OK, others .. not so OK in my opinion. I'm going to go to something else.... i guess for the price... what do you expect.
It's only an entry level smartphone. I guess I like a smart tablet and a dumb phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 05:28

20. irfanskt1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

i am screwed.........i live in a country where no other natwork then gsm is available and i have this phone gifted to me........and i have no idea how i can use my gsm sim card in this phone....if someone has the idea of doing that pleas let me know...........

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:05

21. jillybean0517 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

By far, this is the worst phone I have ever owned. I am on my 3rd replacement and it's as bad as all the rest. Done with Samsung. NOTHING works right on this thing. I am going back to Motorola when my contract time is up! Save your money and pick something else would be my recommendation!

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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.54 x 0.55 inches
(126 x 65 x 14 mm)
5.80 oz  (164 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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