Verizon Wireless has announced the budget friendly Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2. Starting at $129, the affordable Stratosphere 2 comes equipped with 4G LTE, a 1.2Ghz processor, and runs Android 4.0 out of the box.
The Stratosphere 2 shows just how far budget Android devices have come. Beyond the 4G radio and the full QWERTY slider, the Stratosphere 2 also features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, as well as NFC support. The Stratosphere 2 is part of the Galaxy series, so you can expect to see exclusive features such as the file transfer service S Beam, popularized by the Galaxy S3. Additionally, the Stratosphere 2 is global ready, granting network access from over 200 countries across the globe and offers built-in VPN connectivity, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync and AES 256-bit encryption support.
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2 is a well equipped phone for a relatively low price. If you’re the type of person who needs a physical keyboard, the Stratosphere 2 is a solid choice for Verizon customers. Its only competition is the Droid 4, which features almost identical specifications. Unlike Motorola, Samsung has a somewhat decent track record for keeping their devices updated with the latest version of Android, so the Stratosphere 2 may have a better chance of receiving Jelly Bean than the Droid 4.
Although the actual release date is currently unknown, Verizon has announced that the Stratosphere 2 will be available both in store, and online, in the coming weeks. The phone will sell for $129 with a two-year agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate.
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The Droid 4 is getting jellybean and Motorola is owned by Google now so I don’t know why people keep hating Motorola give Google a year to clean it up
Looks similar to TMobile’s Samsung Galaxy Relay 4G, which I’d like to get but TMobile wants $500 for it without a 2-yr contract.
Having had both the Continuum and the first Stratosphere my experience is that you shouldn’t hold out too much help in Samsung and Verizon providing a update path for future Android versions. The Continuum was basically out of date out of the starting gate and no updates were issued. The same with the first Stratosphere though Verizon did force an update that did not bring you to the next version of Android and caused serious problems which resulted in a poorer user experience for most.