The name Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 started circulating a while ago, about two weeks to be more exact. Since there was no official launch date, all we knew was that it was going to be available “soon”. And guess what? Looks like the phone is all ready for purchase patently waiting at Verizon Wireless stores. If you sign a 2-year contract the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 will be yours for $129.99 after $50 online discount. If you do no want to be tied to Verizon for 2 years, you will have to pay the full retail price which reads $449.99.
Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 – Overview
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 for Verizon Wireless has pretty interesting things to offer, starting with its slide-out, 5-row QWERTY keyboard with shortcut keys for search, messaging and the Web access. In this aspect, the Stratosphere 2 is a perfect messaging device allowing you to type emails, send messages or update your status on social networks in an instant, especially if you are one of those folks who like to feel the actual keys under your fingers. Of course, there is a virtual keyboard too, featuring text predictive entry and Swype technology, to enhance typing even further. The handset is Global Ready, so you can call, text, email and browse the Web in more than 205 countries.
The Galaxy Stratosphere 2 packs a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED touch screen with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It is not only big in size, but it is big on being bright and vibrant, too. That means your movies, videos, games and favorite websites will all look beautiful.
The handset is driven by a 1.2 GHz dual-core MSM8960 processor and offers 8 GB of built-in storage with up to 32 GB microSD card support for memory expansion. The phone runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. There is no word on possible Jelly Bean update, but you never know. The Stratosphere 2 comes with integrated Google Mobile Services, which include Gmail, Google+, Latitude, Google Maps, Google+ Messenger, Navigation, Local, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Google Search, Google Talk, and YouTube. It is also pre-loaded with Verizon apps, for example My Verizon, Backup Assistant Plus, Verizon Tones, Visual Voicemail, VZ Navigator as well as Amazon apps, such as Amazon Shopping, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Audible, IMDB, Zappos.
For snapping photos you will have a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture. The 1.3 megapixel front camera with VGA video capture is great for self-portraits and video chatting.
A thing you will certainly enjoy, is the 4G LTE connectivity, which will allow you to sefr the net at lightning-fast speeds. Moreover, the handset offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity with Wi-Fi mobile hotspot capability for up to 10 devices in 4G so you will be able to share your connection with others.
Other features of the Galaxy Stratosphere 2 include: S Beam, thanks to which you will be able to share files such as photos, videos and contacts wirelessly by just touching the back of Stratosphere 2 to other phone, SAFE features which let you protect your device with enterprise–grade security, music and video player, Bluetooth v. 4.0, NFC, and DLNA.