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A 'first' of sorts

Deja vu?

Keyboard close-up

Rear view

Side view

The Samsung Stratosphere's claim to fame is pretty simple: it's Verizon's first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard of any type.
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Does this phone look familiar to you? The Stratosphere is a souped-up version of the Samsung Epic 4G, which was originally released for Sprint in 2010.

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The keyboard here has responsive, rubberized keys that snap back when you press them, and a full five rows so that your numbers and letters don't have to elbow each other for space.

(Read the full Samsung Stratosphere review.)
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There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a nice, gently nubbly texture to the material coating the back. We're overjoyed Samsung and Verizon steered clear of glossy black plastic on both sides.

(Read the full Samsung Stratosphere review.)
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The keyboard makes the phone a little thick, but well within range of acceptability.

(Read the full Samsung Stratosphere review.)
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