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Blast off with the Stratosphere II

Equipped with a five-row keyboard, Android 4.0 ICS, and 4G LTE, Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II hits all the right buttons and then some.

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Super AMOLED touch screen

The 4-inch Super AMOLED display has a 800x480-pixel resolution. Though the screen is bright and responsive, colors can appear oversaturated, especially for blue and green hues.

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The power below

The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 1,800mAh battery, which has a reported talk time of 17 hours when 3G is enabled and 15 hours with 4G.

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5MP shooter for shutterbugs

The 5-megapixel camera includes photo features like a 4x digital zoom, four shooting modes (which include panorama and cartoon), four photo effects, and 14 scene modes.

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Let your fingers take off

The five-row keyboard is generously sized and the buttons are easy to press. The keyboard has four navigational arrows, and shortcuts for opening up messages, search, and Web browsing.

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Heavyset construction

The handset measures 4.97 inches tall and 2.58 inches wide, and due to its sliding keyboard underneath, has a thick 0.53-inch profile. At 5.43 ounces, it's on the heavy side, with a dense, solid construction.

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