The Samsung Stratosphere comes with a fairly stock Android web browser that performed about as expected in our tests: 5832.9ms with SunSpider 0.9.1 and 160 with PeaceKeeper, compared to the far zippier 2246.2ms and 315, respectively, with an iPhone 4S.
The stock Flash-enabled browser doesn't quite have the kick of the Android 4.0-only Google Chrome, but it's perfectly serviceable for those who don't want or need to sync bookmarks from the desktop.
On the other hand, the Stratosphere manages to make the most of Verizon's 4G LTE, pulling down a whopping 16.11Mbps while pushing a respectable 5.97Mbps upstream. The results were far less impressive on the carrier's aging 3G network, which only managed 0.33Mbps down and 0.61Mbps up in our tests.
Although we can't imagine surviving with such slow 3G, the Stratosphere is at least noteworthy for its ability to completely switch off 4G LTE (under Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Networks > System Selection) for those who prefer to maximize battery life while on CDMA only.
The Stratosphere isn't exactly a slouch when it comes to multimedia connectivity, either, with a surprisingly comprehensive array of preinstalled options. AllShare allows playing or downloading media from your phone to a compatible player, tapping into the same from a PC or laptop and more.
Verizon has also loaded up the handset with its own media content available in V CAST Music, V CAST Tones and V CAST Videos. Samsung's Media Hub also allows for renting movies, TV shows and more right from your handset.