The rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is put to the (drop) test against the Samsung Galaxy S7

The rugged Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is put to the (drop) test against the Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a rugged version of Sammy's current flagship phone. The latter sports a 4000mAh battery that is a full 1000mAh larger in capacity than the juicer inside the regular version of the Samsung Galaxy S7. In addition, the shatterproof screen on the Galaxy S7 Active will survive drops of 5-feet or less onto a flat surface. And with an IP68 certification, you can submerge the Galaxy S7 Active into water as deep as 5-feet for as long as 30-minutes, and the unit will emerge unscathed. Most of the remaining specs match what you'll find on the Galaxy S7.

It would seem like a no-brainer to pick the Galaxy S7 Active to outperform the Galaxy S7 in a drop test, but stranger things have happened. The test was conducted by PhoneBuff using a professional drop test machine. As usual, each phone was dropped four times from one meter high (3.3 feet). If a phone can still make an emergency call after the four drops (from the side,back, bottom and front) it keeps going until it becomes totally incapacitated.

The drop test started with the back drop. The Galaxy S7 Active received some scuff marks, which was nothing compared to the spider web cracks found on the Galaxy S7. The bottom drop was basically a draw as both models sustained minor scuffing. The bumpers on the Galaxy S7 Active saved the phone from getting dinged on the side test. No such luck for the Galaxy S7, which was dented on the side by the test.

The scariest of the four tests, the front drop was next. What makes this scary is that it is focused on the most vulnerable part of the phone, the glass screen. Would the shatterproof display on the Galaxy S7 Active live up to its name? It sure did. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S7 screen was cracked. There was no upset here as the Galaxy S7 Active easily won the drop test.

The Galaxy S7 Active "qualified" for the bonus round ,which meant that the device was dropped on its front over and over again. After 50 additional drops, the test was halted since the glass would not break. There were some scratches on the display, but not even one little crack appeared.

If you're looking for a high-end phone that you don't have to worry about when you drop it, or when it gets wet, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active appears to be able to handle everything thrown at it. Check out this one-sided  drop test by clicking on the video below.

source: PhoneBluff

Related phones

Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 Active
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Would like to see it up against the Droid Turbo 2.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Was thinking the same.

9. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 617; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

neither would break...

12. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

we want to see who's the last phone standing < :)

20. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think he's done tests with the Droid Turbo 2. Both phones perform the same.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

start at 3m, and goes up until one totally unusable

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

This is a very impressive phone, I'm amazed by its durability.

3. Unordinary unregistered

"Professional drop test machine". Lmfao. A drop is a drop. Completely random. The speed. Height. Arch. Surface. Environment. Etc. Quit it with this drop test bologna.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

These are more accurate though, cause they hit the weak spots every time.

15. Unordinary unregistered

They weren't "more accurate" when the iPhone was beating devices lol. Not picking an e-fight. Just saying.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm speaking in general bro. His tests are don't to specifically test the durability, random drops in the wild, are just that. He's gonna let you see, just what they can handle. I'm casing mine as soon as I get it, so it'll be OK.

21. Unordinary unregistered

For sure. True

24. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Who says a 'drop test' has to be random? There's no such thing as an accurate drop test now?

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why not? this way we can compare it to others phone... just like how IIHS give car's safety rating, they did fully controlled car crash for all of them

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I truly wish Samsung would make an Active version of their Note series. Considering the Note is one of their most popular devices, I would think they would have no problem selling it.

22. Unordinary unregistered

That would be the best

38. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge Active............ what a fking long name :D

6. AlikMalix unregistered

"You're ruining our block, Samsung". Epic!!!

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Samsung needs to release this phone globally ! it will sell like crazy !!!

10. Unordinary unregistered

I'm sure if they knew that, they would.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol! I spit out my Coke when I read this :).


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

No it won't "sell like crazy" for a couple of reasons: 1. It's ugly 2. It looks like a S7 with a case on and i would actually prefer that over this because at least then i can take the phone out and enjoy it's beauty when needed. 3. People that would be interested in this would be geeks and one's that work in a construction environment.

16. Unordinary unregistered

That was my point. It wouldn't.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Sorry, it's a reply to AgentZero.

18. Unordinary unregistered

My bad

23. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I think it would sale good to if they did some good colors and trash that ugly camo.

30. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

actually it would sell good , ask anyone "good looking phone vs an average looking phone that you can safely throw at walls and has a crazy 2 day battery" what would you pick , many many people suffer from phones that break easily and would be happy to buy this phone, im not saying the sales will be over the roof .. but they will be good


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

You see you are someone who knows about phones you are not the average Joe who would simply buy something because his friends did. A simple case " the Iphone" if people know better they would always buy the better phone but they don't. Also the Active series goes back a couple of years with 4s,5s,6s and now 7s and non of those sales compare to the flagships which supports my statement.

32. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

1. No, it's not. 2. It looks like a really high quality case. Try to get a case with so snug fit and such high quality. 3. Also people who like to have a durable phone and people who want a phone that can actually last 2 days. I work in Finance and would still want this over the regular variant.


Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

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