The Samsung Stratosphere has two defining features: its slide-out landscape keyboard, and access to Verizon 4G LTE. In fact, it’s currently the only phone on Verizon with both of those features. This is unfortunate news for keyboard fans, because the keyboard on the Stratosphere is hard to use and has an odd design. But if you want a 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon and can’t abide virtual keyboards, your options have been narrowed for you, to a phone with year-old internals, for a disproportionately high price.
The Stratosphere is 0.55 inches thick, which is big even for a phone with a physical keyboard. The textured plastic back and roundedness of the edges make it comfortable to hold, even though the top half can start to slide open a little too readily. The haptic feedback is short and tight when the phone is open, but can be barely felt at all when it’s closed.