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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Introduction:

IP67 – such cryptic code is attached to phones, tablets, and all kinds of electronic gadgets made to withstand damage caused by the elements. In particular, this rating indicates that a given device is dust-tight and can survive a dunk into water for at least 30 minutes at a depth down to 1 meter.

One such device is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which we are now giving a detailed preview. In many ways, the smartphone is very similar to the Galaxy S4 flagship – it has a 5-inch 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, 2GB of RAM, 2600mAh battery, and Android 4.2 with TouchWiz sprinkles on top is in charge of all this. Characteristics like these are enough to place the S4 Active right into the high-end category. However, it has more than a few peculiarities of its own – peculiarities that truly make this smartphone stand out of the crowd. Read on in case we've sparked your interest already!


Design:

This is clearly not your typical Samsung Galaxy smartphone – no glossiness, no faux metallic elements, no useless bling can be found anywhere on it. Instead, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has a manly, adventurous appearance. Its body is made of matte plastic, which is far more durable than glass or metal and should not scratch easily. What we like the most about it, however, is that there's a fine texture covering the smartphone's surface, providing excellent grip. Thanks to that design feature of the handset, combined with its ergonomic shape, one can easily get a comfortable hold on it even with gloves on.

Our Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has a bright orange back plate. This could potentially make it easier to see in case the phone is dropped underwater or in tall grass. Those who prefer more conservative colors will have grey and blue as options to pick from.

Those who prefer more conservative colors will have grey and blue as options to pick from - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Those who prefer more conservative colors will have grey and blue as options to pick from - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Those who prefer more conservative colors will have grey and blue as options to pick from


Compared to one of its rivals – the Sony Xperia Z, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is noticeably thicker, but still well within the acceptable range. It is also very close to Sony's flagship in terms of size and weight. Single-handed use of the Galaxy S4 Active may be a challenge, depending on the size of the user's hands, although we were mostly comfortable with its proportions.

Single-handed use of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active may be a challenge - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Single-handed use of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active may be a challenge - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Single-handed use of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active may be a challenge - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Single-handed use of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active may be a challenge


Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches
139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm
5.33 oz (151 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia Z
5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
5.15 oz (146 g)

Sony Xperia Z

LG Optimus G
5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches
131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

LG Optimus G

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Taking off the back cover of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active reveals what gives it its water-resistant properties. There is a rubber band around the sides, preventing water from penetrating into the housing and damaging the phone's internals. However, we must note that while the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is protected against dust and water damage, it can't be regarded as shock-proof. There are no rubber elements on its sides to absorb the energy of shock and vibrations, not to mention that the 5-inch screen on its front is still vulnerable to cracks or scratching. Simply, one must avoid dropping it on hard surfaces.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Physical buttons - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Front camera - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
 

Physical buttons

Front camera


There is an excellent set of physical buttons present on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. They are all textured and respond with an audible click when pressed. Since they are all raised well, one can operate them comfortably even while wearing mittens.

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active


Back - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Loudspeaker grill - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Back

Loudspeaker grill

Rear camera



Display:

Just like the Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active comes with a 5-inch touchscreen. The resolution is also identical – 1080 by 1920 pixels, resulting in an outstanding pixel density of over 440 ppi. However, a TFT LCD screen has been used instead of a Super AMOLED panel – a solution that has both its positive and negative sides.

On one hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is easier to use outdoors as its screen is slightly brighter than the S4's Super AMOLED display. Under the right angle, we had no troubles reading email, browsing through our contacts, using the camera interface, and even checking out a web page or two on a bright, sunny day. Also, the level of detail is nothing short of excellent due to the high pixel density, while colors are reproduced in an accurate and natural manner. But on the other hand, The S4 Active's screen can't quite achieve the deep blacks seen on Super AMOLED panels.

Nevertheless, we are more than content with the screen outfitted on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. It is big, bright, beautiful, and perfectly suitable for every task. On top of it all, Samsung has made the screen sensitive enough to be used with gloves on – a must-have feature for today's rugged smartphones.


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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 09:55 2

1. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


This is Just a Slap on the Faces early buyers OF GS4..
I want this Badly.. but budget doesn't allow..
one of early GS4 buyers :(

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:15 1

4. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


What about selling it?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:23 5

7. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Some people prefer amoled and s4 design.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 00:39

17. panduaridarma (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Our Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has a bright orange back plate. This could potentially make it easier to see in case the phone is dropped underwater or in tall grass. Those who prefer more conservative colors will have grey and blue as options to pick from.

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 09:58 1

2. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


My precious.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:04 1

3. kurtdean99 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Xperia Active is better than this

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:16 9

5. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Please Phonearena, bring back the thumb-down button!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 02:03 2

15. kurtdean99 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Yes so we can thumb down Samsung because they copied Xperia Active name

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:16 1

6. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Yeah and Iphone is better than Note2!People like have a choice!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:45 4

9. SleepingOz (unregistered)


How exactly?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:44

8. papss (unregistered)


This addresses many of my issues with SS in general

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 11:50

10. wrm2013 (Posts: 187; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


HTC one active

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 11:56

11. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


so this is how their phone looks like when they try not to copy others... it proves that pure samesung can only make ugly phones

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:12 1

12. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Please tell us name's of that not ugly phones!?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:27

13. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Why 8MP?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:59

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


if this has the 13mp cam i would consider buying,sad..

posted on 17 Jun 2013, 07:13

16. nitesh007 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


I want to buy phone from pune .. I came across this site wicfy.com. Anybody knows any better price than this???

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2.2
view full specs
Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (443 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.50 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches
(139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm)
5.33 oz  (151 g)
Battery2600 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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