Galaxy S4 Active gets sliced and diced by a lawnmower, stays active

Galaxy S4 Active gets sliced and diced by a lawnmower, stays active
Last year, Samsung released its first 'rugged flagship' smartphone, the Galaxy S4 Active. The phone delivered on expectations of water and dust resistance, but surviving a lawnmower wasn't anywhere on the spec sheet - until a few hours ago.

"My friend was mowing his lawn on his riding lawn mower listening to music on his Samsung Galaxy S4 Active when he felt his phone fall out of his pocket. He looked down to see it tumble under the mower..." - begins Reddit user yapinjapin1's story of awe and terror, before the scene cuts to the kill - "The phone was hit by the blade and took a slice out of the top right corner." This is the point at which we shiver in horror, but the (partially) happy ending follows none too late. "The phone still is operational, the music did not stop playing and the screen functions properly. The screen has hairline cracks down the whole screen but they are not very visible when the phone is on." - the story concludes.

As its always the case with stories of heroic smartphone survival, the plot is best told by the accompanying graphic photos. Check them out and be amazed by the Galaxy S4 Active's will to stay active.

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Galaxy S4 Active
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Dam that's lucky. The randomness of phone survivability always astounds me.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

But......but........several self-proclaimed tech experts on internet said plastic in Samsung phones are cheap. Did they lie to me ?! ;(

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Haters on PA*

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They are Noobs, they don't know QC / QA practices followed by OEMs.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This is doubt about it.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The experts of nothing are forever spewing the rubbish that Samsung uses "cheap" plastic, lol, well if "cheap" plastic helped the phone survive the above then I don't mind this so-called "cheap" plastic :) Experts of nothing 0 - 1 Samsung.

6. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Samsung marketing 1 - 0 You.

9. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

Definitely. The guys are marketing are usually not good at cutting a phone at that perfect spot that it still works. Wait... that didn't make sense?

8. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Would insurance reimburse or replace in a case like this? Or would they be real a$$holes and say 'It still works, can't replace it!'

12. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Worst case, all you have to do is say you lost it. Then just throw it in the trash.

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Lmao, so I went to hang out with my buddy today and this is his phone. I don't mean one like it, I mean a mutual friend of ours posted this on reddit.

11. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

And fwiw, he is still using it.

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