Compact to hold and carry around
Overall, we're content with the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II. Not only is it more fashionable than the original model, but is quite faster with the dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The full QWERTY keyboard is one of its main features, and we like how it is laid out and is easy to use for those of you that do a lot of typing. We do wish that the 4" screen was a little larger and higher resolution, but it still does a good job for a mid-range device.
Decent choice -- the keyboard and business features
Overall, the Stratosphere 2 is a decent phone if you'd prefer a keyboard over a high-quality screen. If you want a touch device, take a look at a sleeker device with better options. Nevertheless, if you're coming from a BlackBerry, you'll find a lot to love, since it comes with a lot of business features.
I just got the phone yesterday and it is working great. It is super fast and easy to figure out, easy to work, easy to manage. It is a bit on the large side ( as it fits from fingertip to the heel of my palm) and so is the slider keyboard but that might be because I have smallish hands, otherwise the keyboard is also good. The keys are close together and not to flat or bulky.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
When we recently reviewed Verizon's BlackBerry Curve 9310, we mentioned that for the same price of $49 on-contract, there are better options. The Pantech Marauder is one of them. Not only does it have the advantage of running Android ICS, but also can use Verizon's 4G LTE data network. Overall, the Pantech Marauder fits in the $49 price category just fine, but keep in mind that some of its features, such as the display and camera, can't compete with devices costing $200+.
Fast data speeds and a great typing experience
Melding an excellent keyboard, swift LTE data, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor into one Android device, the Motorola Droid 4 is long overdue. Fans of the first Motorola Droid will find plenty to smile about here, but those who aren't married to a QWERTY keyboard may not enjoy carrying around such a massive phone.
Great calling quality
Some will argue that the midas touch and allure of the DROID family has faded, as it seems as though the torch has been handed over to other more prominent devices like the DROID RAZR. However, when you think about it more, the original DROID family was never known for bringing killer spec-d hardware, but rather, it balanced things out with its quality performance and unyielding presence.
Superb QWERTY keyboard, solid build
If you're in need of a high quality QWERTY Android smartphone, the fourth, but probably not final entry in the Droid line is a strong choice. The Droid 4 is a solid evolution of the original Droid line, with LTE 4G, a fast dual core modern CPU, excellent voice quality and the best keyboard in the business. It's not super-stylin', but it's reasonably slim at 0.5" and has excellent build quality other than the cheesy battery door that's already falling apart on our unit.
Great keyboard, Comfortable design
The Motorola Droid 4 has somewhat of a captive audience: being one of the few QWERTY smartphones on Verizon, it's really your only choice if you want a keyboard, a dual-core processor, and 4G. If that doesn't sound like an endorsement, it would be because it's not. That one design advantage aside, the D4 is lackluster.
Amazing slide-out keyboard with number row
There are two good reasons to consider the Droid 4: A solid keyboard and 4G LTE. If you want a phone that can tap into Verizon's 4G LTE network (trust us, it's like going from 3G to your home Wi-Fi) and you prefer a physical keyboard, then you can't go wrong here. Motorola's typical weaknesses, the screen and the camera, are still problems, but both can probably be overlooked for those who really want a keyboard and LTE.
Battery on this thing is a champ
If you really want a keyboard, then yes, the keyboard is great. If you really want strong battery life, then yes, this will almost certainly get you through the day. A good, reliable work-horse? Absolutely. If you primarily use your phone for work, then it's maybe hard to do better. However, if you want a device with a beautiful, eye-popping screen that's right at the cutting-edge in terms of performance and features, then no. This is a very good phone, but it feels just a bit behind the curve.
Excellent laid-out keyboard
Currently, the Samsung Stratosphere is your only choice if you want a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. We like Super AMOLED display, though we wish it were the "Plus" version, and the 5-row keyboard has a nice layout and is great to use, but can feel like it is sticking when trying to open and close it. The only real issue we had with the device is with the 4G connection drops, which are also present on the Samsung Droid Charge as well.
A good phone
There were few surprises in our assessment of the Stratosphere, if any. It's meant to be a budget offering on Verizon's LTE lineup, and certainly includes specs indicative of that fact. However, we still couldn't shake the idea that this is little more than an LTE-enhanced version of a device from the Galaxy S era, with just a few minor improvements in UI and performance. It's still a good phone, but it's more or less a rehash of a handset that's already 15 months old.
Full QWERTY keyboard
This device represents a unique choice, as all good smartphones should. Again, this is the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard on it, and itâ??s the second of two Samsung smartphones on the market today running on that same network. This device is neither the most powerful nor the most sleek device in any category, but it DOES have a keyboard.
Good 4G data speeds
When it comes right down to it, the Pantech Breakout is clearly for someone who wants a Verizon 4G smartphone, but without spending a few hundred bucks on one. We like that it's thin and lightweight, and feels comfortable in the hand, through the 4 function buttons on the front are a bit awkward to use. The 4" display is a bit smaller than its competition, but this also allows for the phone to be smaller too, which some people prefer.
Sturdy build quality
If you've just got to save money - but have LTE - this is the best phone to do it with. The Pantech Breakout is a mixed bag, but so long as you aren't trying to pit it against the best-in-class, and you can live with some almost ludicrous shortcomings, the phone's well-worth the asking price.
Affordable 4G LTE Android smartphone
We're happy to see Pantech move up in the market, and the Breakout is a solid mid-range Android smartphone with LTE. Though the phone sometimes lags a bit and 4G LTE speeds don't match top dog phones like the Bionic, it is currently one third the price with contract. The phone has a sharp display, runs Gingerbread and has dual cameras. But you make a few sacrifices for the price.
Better and bigger screen
The Pantech Breakout has its plus points when compared to the Samsung Conquer 4G, such as a better and bigger screen and a better camera. It also has its minus points when compared with the Conquer, such as its call quality and browser. Since they both cost the same and have almost the same specifications internally, it's really down to what you prefer in a smartphone.
Okay, we get that Motorola likes to have variety, but after checking out what the two handsets are able to bring to the table, it's very hard to side with the DROID X2. When looking at their same $199.99 pricing, it's blatantly obvious that the Motorola DROID 3 is packing a bit more gear under its carriage to increase its overall worth to the consumer like its front facing camera, exceptional keyboard, global function, and an updated customized Android experience.
The Droid 3 is a solid evolution of one of Motorola's most successful smartphone lines. It's faster, has a higher resolution display and the camera is surprisingly decent. If you've got the original Droid and have enjoyed that phone, we heartily suggest you check out the Droid 3: it's much faster and the display is definitely improved. If you're looking for a high end QWERTY smartphone on Verizon Wireless, the Droid 3 should be on your list.
Trying to live up to a good name is a heavy responsibility to take upon ourselves, and smartphones aren't any better off, either. Such is the burden of the Droid 3, being slapped with the duty of impressing the masses to the same degree as its original namesake. Sadly, it feels as though the latest rendition of this tune is more of a swan song. It's had a good run, but the Droid series seems to be fading.
Dual-core processor helps ward off lag
Although the DROID 3 stacks up nicely among a crowd of powerhouse Android phones on Verizon's network, some of its shortcomings will likely be the death of it as new phones launch. It will serve as an essential tool for the traveling businessman, but for those who don't need a keyboard, want access to LTE and a dual-core processor, I'd suggest waiting on the Galaxy S II or Bionic.
When it comes to selecting a low-priced Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard for Verizon, your options are pretty limited. For the $79.99 that the LG Enlighten is currently selling for, it does offer all of this, but you have to make do with the lower resolution display, slower processor, and a camera that isn't a show-stopper. But the Enlighten does offer good call quality and reception, and having a physical keyboard is always a nice touch.
Cheap hardware buttons & Poor camera quality
The LG Enlighten isn't going to attract power users lusting after the latest and greatest devices. However, it may appeal to those same users' parents, grandparents or other loved ones taking their first plunge into the world of smartphones.
It's hard to recommend the LG Enlighten as an internet device, especially while it's tied to Verizon's hobbled 3G network but it works quite nicely as a phone that just so happens to perform a number of other tasks on occasion.
Elements of a powerful smartphone
Overall the Enlighten is an 'Average' smartphone for the price that it's being offered at. It has the elements of a powerful smartphone but doesn't really have the specs or the abilities to really be one. It actually seems like a delayed release of an LG Vortex with a keyboard attached.
Great industrial design
The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a solid smartphone, but it won't win anyone over to the RIM side of things. While the BlackBerry faithful will absolutely love it, and it will probably be the best smartphone they have ever used, those who have already left BlackBerry for the greener pastures of Android or the iPhone, or those in the market for their first smartphone, will likely pass right over the Bold 9930 thanks to its clumsy OS and extravagant price tag.
Responsive platform experience
Without a doubt, if there's one upcoming BlackBerry smartphone that's worth picking up, it has to be none other than the BlackBerry Bold 9930. Sporting that iconic design that exhibits some noteworthy iterative improvements, it's absolutely the thing that RIM needs to focus on in order to remain relevant in this competitive space.
Fast camera with 720p video
The problem with the $249 BlackBerry Bold 9930 is that it's ultimate messaging phone that's priced like a high-end superphone. We love the sturdy and slim design, fantastically comfortable keyboard, solid voice reception, and long battery life. The touschreen is plenty responsive, too, but the BlackBerry 7 OS UI isn't truly optimized for touch input. At this price, we'd also prefer a larger display, 4G data, and a better selection of apps.
Bold 9930 is RIM's answer to criticism of previous Bold devices
As with the Torch 9810, there's a sense that the Bold 9930 is RIM's answer to criticism of previous Bold devices. Users wanted a spacious keyboard in the style of the original 9000, as well as a more premium-feeling chassis, and that's just what they've delivered. They've thrown in a touchscreen, too, and the faster processor means BlackBerry 7 spends less time showing you a ticking clock and more time flicking between apps.
This phone is exactly what someone needs if they are hard on phones. This phone is shock resistant, dust and water resistant! The speaker phone is really loud and the numbers are large and view-able. One of the best things about this phone is that the battery will last a couple days without charging it! I love this phone!
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