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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.

Interface:

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean comes running out of the box on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – the latest Android version available as of this writing. As is always the case with Samsung smartphones, the interface has been customized heavily with a layer of TouchWiz Nature UX, bringing along plenty of extra functionality and visual flare. 

Galaxy S4 Active runs the TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Galaxy S4 Active runs the TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Galaxy S4 Active runs the TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Galaxy S4 Active runs the TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Galaxy S4 Active runs the TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


Notification bar toggle buttons, lock screen shortcuts and widgets – all of these are present on the Galaxy S4 Active, along with a handful of Samsung's exclusive features. These include Smart Stay, which does not turn off the screen as long as the user is still looking at it, and Multi Windows support, allowing one to use two apps side by side. Contact-less gesture controls are also enabled, meaning that one can flip through a photo album, change songs, or answer calls by waving their hand above the screen. The volume up button can be set to activate the LED light on the phone's back for the times when a proper flashlight isn't around.

Notification bar toggle buttons, lock screen shortcuts and widgets are all present - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Notification bar toggle buttons, lock screen shortcuts and widgets are all present - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Notification bar toggle buttons, lock screen shortcuts and widgets are all present - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Notification bar toggle buttons, lock screen shortcuts and widgets are all present - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Notification bar toggle buttons, lock screen shortcuts and widgets are all present



Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
On the software side, Samsung has loaded goodies like S Translator, which can interpret foreign languages, the S Travel guide to plan your next holiday with, S Health for tracking your workout progress, Group Play for instant content sharing between Samsung devices, and more. Since an IR blaster is available on the smartphone, it can be used to remotely control your TV or home theater system.

The on-screen keyboard is pretty comfortable - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

The on-screen keyboard is pretty comfortable

Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active comes with a pretty large display, the on-screen keyboard is pretty comfortable to type on, especially when used with two thumbs. There's even enough space to add an extra row for all the digits instead of placing them in a separate screen. Typos were rare once we got used to the keyboard's layout, and the auto-complete feature often comes in handy.


Processor and memory:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active comes with a 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC and 2GB of RAM, so performance is highly unlikely to be an issue with such a powerful device. Anything from 3D games, heavy web pages, CPU- and GPU-intensive applications should run flawlessly. It is far from plenty, yet we can't complain about the available storage space either – about 11GB are available out of the 16GB on board. Users who need additional space, be it for carrying music, photos, or videos, can get it by installing a microSD card.


Web browser and connectivity:

Browsing the web is a joy - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Browsing the web is a joy - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Browsing the web is a joy

Browsing the web using the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a joy since it is equipped with a large, high-res display. The web browser is fast and functional, with support for multiple windows, embedded YouTube videos, along other gimmicks like smart scroll for panning by tilting the phone and air gestures for navigating without having to touch the screen.

Connectivity-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has you covered. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS support, NFC, HSPA+ at 42Mbps, and LTE. The FM radio, however, has been omitted.

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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
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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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