Hydrophobia: S6 Active drop and waterproofing tests prove its mettle

Hydrophobia: S6 Active drop and waterproofing tests prove its mettle
In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a better phone than its ordinary, meekish sibling. It has a much larger battery capacity, and is the rugged, waterproof phone that the S6 can never be, if not placed inside a specialized bulky case. Moreover, Samsung managed to achieve these while keeping the thickness of the tough handset at the reasonable 8.6 mm only - a far cry from the usual chubby ruggedized handsets we are used to seeing.

How well does the S6 Active match to its own claims of ruggedness and waterproof abilities? Well, judging from the drop test and water submerging videos below, pretty well. The phone gets dropped from a ceiling height, or about 12 feet, and survives, ditto for it being dunked in water for half an hour, and escaping unharmed.

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Galaxy S6 Active
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h talk time)



1. gaming64 unregistered

Oh glorious Samsung. I shall earn for this phone for I finally found an Android phone worth my while. Also, I'm too careless so this is gonna be great for my 100 phone drops per day problem

8. waddup121 unregistered

Cant touch dis

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Waiting for battery test

13. jeremyjudkins

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

I made this videos... Battery is amazing. What would you like me to test on it? Its 3500 mAh, so it will last all day and then some. ALOT of some...

3. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I will admit I don't like the software and the looks of my s5 active but it sure can take a beating.

4. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I'd say that's a pretty rugged phone right there. It's not a beauty but it certainly is a beast.

5. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

My next one !

6. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They should do smash test between this an a Sonim XP7 also do a battery test battle. This phone may be faster with better screen and camera but when we talk about rugged i am pretty sure my Sonim XP7 beat it up ( i droped it from a second story building lol ) its also much more resilient to water ( i did go swim with it in salted water for hours ) At least its more solid than the S5 active. What i am afraid of is the durability of the amoled screen when they phone is droped non stop.. had several note 4 and S5 screen die on my clients after drop ( even with otterbox ) this was why they used IPS screen on the S5 active..

7. Shocky unregistered

Nobody cares about your XP7, it's a piece of crap.

10. singhkaran9830 unregistered

You are the biggest retard here.AMOLED AND IPS SCREEN HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH DURABILITY,THESE ARE TECHNOLOGIES OF SCREENS.Do you know about anything like Gorilla glass?Pretty sure you are only a samsung hater. In S6 articles you claim your M9 better and here Sonim XP7.You own both devices you should have avoided.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sucks that it's only available with 32gb RAM.

12. Busyboy

Posts: 737; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

32gb ROM*

11. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Only 32gb of internal storage without any micro sd support - this phone is garbage right from day 1.

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope as it will not lag in 2 years time and just be like my s6 edge is anything to go by due to ufs 2.0, just buy a wifi sd card key ring, that's because ufs 2.0 and the 7420 does not work with sd cards, just by the s5a if you need a slow lag phone (also this only as 16gb of less than 10gb for apps, unlike the s6a that as over 24gb of apps installable, I take the s6a with wifi sd card thanks with speed and no lag and works the same in 2 years time

15. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

>> just buy a wifi sd card key ring Clearly it is too much to expect your phone to feature adequate storage capacity.

16. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Why do a huge organisation like Samsung have exclusive deals with AT&T? I don't care the millions or even billions you're getting in this deal. If they released to the world they would sell/make a lot more...

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