Samsung has been roaming the Galaxy the past couple of years with their various phone and tablet offerings, but their latest device for Verizon is content with chilling in the Stratosphere.
The Samsung Statosphere is the first smartphone on Verizon’s 4G network to possess a slide out QWERTY keyboard. It’s aimed at past and current Blackberry users who want something that is like a Blackberry, but runs on Android instead of Blackberry OS. And uh…considering all the trouble going down in Blackberry land the past few days, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are people strongly considering making a jump to something else.
Similar in looks to Samsung’s own Epic 4G, the Stratosphere features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.3 megapixel camera in front for video calls, and a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash in the back capable of recording 480p video. Under the hood there’s a 1GHz Hummingbird chip running Android 2.3. Multimedia users can enjoy listening to music, watching TV shows or movies, surging the internet, and, of course, playing some variation of Angry Birds (I’m partial to the Christmas themed one). For professional folks there’s robust data management support, including Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync features such as direct push, email, calendar, contact sync, and Global Address Lists.
The Stratosphere is available now for $150 on a two year contract.
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