Satisfying Samsung Stratosphere review: All about the keyboard

It’s fair to say that 2011 has been the year for South Korean company Samsung. As well as the Galaxy Tab being introduced in other sizes, there has been the introduction of new TV’s, laptops and of course smartphones and today we wanted to look at yet another phone to hit the market, that of the new Samsung Stratosphere on US carrier Verizon.

Before we take a look at its average specs, the one feature that stands this phone out against other Verizon rivals, is that it will be the first 4G LTE device with a full slide out keyboard.

Packed with a full specs listing including a 4-inch Super Amoled screen, the Stratosphere features a 1GHz single-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 to the front, Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS, 512MB of RAM, LED flash, Wi-Fi and so on. But what we wanted to look out were those all-important expert reviews that will either sway you into your decision or not.

According to, they looked at various elements to the new Sammy including hardware, design, software, web browser, its camera and of course the beloved keyboard. The new Stratosphere is as Marin Perez stated, a “well-constructed” phone, feeling nice in the hand, with a nice screen and plenty of hardware.” In relation to it’s overall appearance, although the Sammy looks good with a screen presenting bright, crisp colors, its not a phone that would automatically catch the eye, size wise its noted as fairly thick but this is put down to the introduction of the keyboard.

Although the Stratosphere packs a 1GHz single core CPU, it certainly doesn’t take the fact away that apps load quickly, GPS and Bluetooth can be accessed and so on. Now for us, although we could give you a rundown of everything, it’s the keyboard that we wanted to concentrate on today.

South Korean Samsung it seems have done a good job in designing a new handset that incorporates the full Qwerty typing panel. On feeling the keyboard, its plainly obvious that it is built to last and even with the keyboard fully extended out, the phone appears as Marin reports, to distribute an even balance, allowing typing to be carried out whilst on the move. Good space between keys is noted with the feature of them being lit up! One benefit to the keyboard is that users will not have to use the physical keyboard to input text as it comes already preloaded with Skype, which can be changed to the Android or Samsung keyboard if desired, or even downloaded from Android’s Market.

Tell us what your thoughts are on the new Stratosphere? Tempted by it?