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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Camera:

Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active camera interface comes loaded with all the features found on the Galaxy S4 – features like Drama, Animated Photo, HDR, and Eraser. These allow one to take awesome photos with minimum effort, or just take out unwanted objects out of the frame using the latter. On top of that all, Samsung has thrown in the so-called Aqua Mode, which is meant for taking clearer photos and videos underwater. Sounds awesome, doesn't it?

The camera interface of the Galaxy S4 Active is loaded with all the features of the Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The camera interface of the Galaxy S4 Active is loaded with all the features of the Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The camera interface of the Galaxy S4 Active is loaded with all the features of the Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The camera interface of the Galaxy S4 Active is loaded with all the features of the Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview


The camera module on the Galaxy S4 Active has “only” 8 megapixels of resolution vs the 13MP shooter found on the Galaxy S4. Still, 8MP is more than enough to take good-looking photos under a wide range of circumstances. Here, take a look at a few sample shots we took using our non-finalized unit, but keep in mind that the retail version of the smartphone may yield better results.

Camera samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Camera samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Camera samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
Camera samples - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview


Multimedia:

Samsung's music player comes pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and it gets the job done well. It sorts music by album, artist, or song name and can browse audio files folder by folder. An equalizer with tons of presets is also present, but even better results can be achieved using the Adapt Sound feature, which adjusts audio playback according to the user's hearing.

The music player gets the job done well - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The music player gets the job done well - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The music player gets the job done well - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The music player gets the job done well - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview


With all that processing power at hand, it comes as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active handles 1080p video flawlessly. And yes, it looks great on the smartphone's large 1080p screen. The video player can work with subtitle files and supports Pop up Play, allowing video to be played back in a window. A neat trick is that the power key gets disabled while video is playing, preventing accidental presses.

The phone handles 1080p videos flawlessly - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The phone handles 1080p videos flawlessly - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview
The phone handles 1080p videos flawlessly - Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Preview



Expectations:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a member of a rare breed. It is a smartphone that is durable and water-tight, but also crazy fast and rich in features. At the same time, it does not lag far behind the Galaxy S4 flagship on a hardware level, so it is quite worthy of bearing an “S4” in its title.

An alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – with such impressive characteristics and top-of-the-line hardware specs – is pretty hard to find, with the Sony Xperia Z currently being the only capable competitor to Samsung's tough handset. At the same time, the S4 Active is pleasant to use and look at as it doesn't have an overly tough appearance. Therefore, chances are it will also grab the attention of users who aren't necessarily looking for a rugged handset, but don't mind owning a high-end phone that can survive after being showered with Coke.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is shaping up like a great phone indeed. However, we aren't quite ready to give it a final verdict, especially since we have yet to give its camera a thorough testing. Expect our in-depth review soon!


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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) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2 GB 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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