Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

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

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches

139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Dimensions

5.5 x 2.81 x 0.36 inches

139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

Dimensions

5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.71 x 0.33 inches

131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 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

Physical buttons

Front camera - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

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

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active


Back - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Back

Loudspeaker grill - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

Loudspeaker grill

Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview

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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17 Comments

1. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 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 :(

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

What about selling it?

7. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Some people prefer amoled and s4 design.

17. panduaridarma

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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2. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

My precious.

3. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Xperia Active is better than this

5. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Please Phonearena, bring back the thumb-down button!

15. kurtdean99

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

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

6. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

9. SleepingOz unregistered

How exactly?

8. papss unregistered

This addresses many of my issues with SS in general

10. wrm2013

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

HTC one active

11. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 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

12. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

13. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Why 8MP?

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

16. nitesh007

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

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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)

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