When it comes to tempting deals and fantastic smartphone offerings, Verizon is always leading the pack with its spiced up catalog that would make anyone go crazy when deciding what device to pick. Among its current popular offerings are a trio of HTC devices and a lone Samsung smartphone.

Get your gears ready as we take a closer look at the HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Droid Incredible 2, HTC Trophy, and Samsung Stratosphere.

Design and Display

When it comes to display capabilities all smartphones comes packed with gorgeous 480×800 resolution with the Thunderbolt leading the group with its huge 4.3 inch display. Second place goes to the Stratosphere with its 4.0 inch Super AMOLED display and the Droid Incredible 2 with its 4-inch WVGA touchscreen.  The HTC Trophy comes in as the smallest display at 3.8 inches.

Users who are comfortable with having a physical keyboard on their phones won’t be disappointed as the Stratosphere is fully equipped with a sliding keyboard.

The trio of HTC smartphones share the same physical structure found in many of HTC’s devices. The stylish curve and black glossy finish are mostly present in all of the devices, with the exception of the Droid Incredible sporting an old “iPhonish” look with a single button below HTC’s iconic 4-way navigation keys.

Without a doubt the added physical keyboard makes the Stratosphere a lot thicker than the rest of the pack.

RAM and Storage

Although the HTC Trophy has a massive 16 GB of internal storage, it does not support a microSD card slot. The Droid Incredible 2 on the other hand has its way around with 8 GB of internal storage and an expandable microSD card slot.  The Thunderbolt and the Stratosphere both have 4 GB of internal storage each.

Memory will never be an issue for the Droid Incredible 2, Stratosphere, and Thunderbolt since these three are fully equipped with microSD card slots that are fully expandable up to 32 GB.  The HTC Trophy, on the other hand, has the greatest amount of internal storage, although it does not have a microSD expansion slot.

The Stratosphere sports 512 MB of RAM, while the HTC Trophy has a little more with 576 MB of RAM. The built-in RAM is just right for day-to-day applications; expect to see fluid reaction times and virtually no lag in switching between processes.

The 768 MB of RAM on the HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the HTC Thunderbolt is enough to keep the competition at bay. The large enough memory, coupled with the large display, ensures the device gets the extra memory it needs to keep up with applications that gobble up too much resources.

Devices equipped with a larger RAM often show faster response times and smoother operating process.


In the camera department, both the Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt share an 8 MP camera while the Stratosphere and Trophy come with 5 MP shooters onboard. Camera features include autofocus, LED flash, smile detection, and geo-tracking.  The Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt also have dual-LED flash functionality for their respective cameras.  The other two only have single-LED flash.

The HTC Thunderbolt is a decent point and click shooter. Whether you’re on an adventure at the public park or snapping random photos, the Thunderbolt’s camera won’t disappoint you.  The same can be said of the Droid Incredible 2’s camera.

Processor and Operating System

All four smartphones feature a snappy 1.0-GHz processor for day-to-day activities. Among the four smartphones, the only device that doesn’t sport an Android OS is the HTC Trophy. The Microsoft Windows 7 OS is a possible alternative for users who want other features that Android is not offering or won’t offer at all.

The HTC Droid Incredible 2 runs Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box, but there is the option of upgrading it to the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The Thunderbolt also comes with Froyo, but just like the Droid Incredible 2, it is also upgradable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  The Samsung Stratosphere has Gingerbread preinstalled.

The Verdict

If you’re tired of the same old phones sharing the same operating system, the HTC Trophy is a great option for you to try. It may not have the luxury of having numerous apps or a thriving developer community, but it pretty much gets the job done.

For business-savvy people, the Stratosphere’s built in keyboard will be very handy for writing emails and editing spreadsheets on the go. Paired with a gorgeous 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display, it will certainly bring great functionality when combining business and entertainment. For people looking for the ultimate gaming device, the Thunderbolt won’t disappoint. Packed with blazingly fast network speeds, large display, and a fantastic camera, it is the ultimate choice for a busy techy lifestyle. Lastly, for the day-to-day person, the Droid Incredible 2 packs a punch and still remains a smart choice for people who have active lifestyles.

Which of these smartphones do you currently own or are planning to buy?

Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.