The Samsung Stratosphere is a little bit of the Droid Charge and the Galaxy S II handsets. It’s got a speedy 1GHz Hummingbird single-core processor, 4G LTE data speeds, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. It’s some pretty decent hardware, and right off the bat uses Android 2.3.5 on Touchwiz 4.0 (a special ROM for this device, apparently) and operates smoothly under most circumstances. The data speeds are awesome, usually clocking in at above 12MBps for download speeds (up o the 20s) and up to 10MBps upload speeds (and then some). The 5-row, slide-out QWERTY keyboard that also lights up is a lot like the Epic 4G’s that I reviewed and mostly liked, and overall gets the job done, much the like the Droid Charge, which I also reviewed several months back and shares much of the same specs.
The 5 megapixel camera is decent enough to take the kinds of photos you’d post on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, and the video is reasonable. The front-facing camera is your usual 13 megapixel front-facing with a few grainy pixels here and there, but overall is clear.
For a mere $149.99 on a 2-year agreement, it makes getting into the 4G LTE relm pretty easy for a consumer who doesn’t want a entire 5-star, dual-core package and doesn’t want to spend the equivalent amount.