Reviews and Problems with Samsung i9295 / i537 / Galaxy S4 Active
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review: In Depth
5 December 2013
Conclusion: The ultimate question at the end of the day is this: how much do you need a rugged, waterproof device? Samsung is to be applauded for trying to make sure that the Active provides an experience as close to the original S4 as possible, but it’s hard to overlook the hardware differences. It’s a more awkward device to use on a day to day basis, even if that waterproofing does come in handy from time to time.
Pros: IP67 certified, Attractive tough phone, Good battery life
Cons: Weaker Full HD screen, Hardware buttons feel bad, Heavy/cumbersome
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones is a juggernaut; like the iPhone, the next generation will sell well based simply on brand loyalty, trust and familiarity. Even so, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a lot to offer, and though I wasn't overwhelmed with love for the Galaxy S III, the S4 is seriously tempting me.
Pros: Huge display in a not so huge phone, excellent camera, removable battery, entertaining new features.
Cons: Feature overload, only 9 gigs of internal storage on 16 gig model, still slippery.
Excerpt: Samsung released its latest Galaxy S Android smartphone earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy S4, which since then has sold like hotcakes as it’s been released globally. One thing we didn’t expect was for there to be an additional version of the Galaxy S4 released shortly after its release that would allow the device to become extremely durable as it has been made to be water and dust-resistant and has a IP67 certification.
Review: Galaxy S 4 Active is a Samsung phone for folks who hate Samsung phones
21 July 2013
Conclusion: Most of Samsung's Galaxy S 4 offshoots feel like they're diluting the brand. The S 4 Mini is the same shape and runs similar software, but it has a drastically downgraded screen and internals that aren't even as good as those in last year's Galaxy S III. The S 4 Zoom takes the Mini and adds a basic point-and-shoot camera to the back, but we still think the niche for such a product is pretty small. The S 4 Active, on the other hand, is mostly additive.
Pros: The same fast internals as the regular S 4, Water and dust-resistant, Feels sturdier than the standard S 4, Good TFT LCD
Cons: Slightly inferior camera and speaker, AT&T exclusive—sorry, everybody else!
Conclusion: Like we said in our introduction, the Galaxy S4 Active is one helluva phone. With almost no sacrifices and no price increase, you’re getting a Galaxy S4 that is water and dust resistant. These are two features that don’t sound like a big deal, until you have them. It’s reassuring to know that a few rain droplets can’t ruin your $650 phone. The S4 Active is mess proof, and that’s great.
Pros: Waterproof and dustproof, Beautiful 1080p screen, Fast, smooth performance, Comfortable, attractive design, Tons of features
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Rear camera is weaker than S4 (8MP), TouchWiz interface has cartoony design
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (AT&T) Review: Finally, A Flagship Variant Worthy Of Its Name
9 July 2013
Summary: There's a lot of words up there, and they boil down to this: the Galaxy S4 Active is just like the S4, with a tougher shell and a slightly reduced camera. All the hardware and software features of Sammy's flagship are intact, for better or worse. If you want a Galaxy S4 that you can take to the poolside or a job site with the reasonable expectation of it surviving, this is it.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active isn't a rugged phone, per se, but it does offer water and dust protection without weighing you down. We also like the very loud speaker and the camera's Aqua mode, though we wish it had as high a resolution as the original S4. The S4's Active's screen is easier to read outdoors than the AMOLED display on the regular S4, but the latter offers richer colors.
Pros: Dust- and water-resistant design, Underwater photovideo feature, Louder speaker than regular S4, Great array of special features, Better outdoor viewability than original S4
Cons: Lower camera resolution than original S4, LCD lacks rich colors of AMOLED, Heavier and thicker than regular S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (video)
5 July 2013
Conclusion: And finally, we come to price. The Galaxy S4 Active is currently only available at AT&T for the price of $199 on a new two-year contract with the carrier. The same goes for the original Galaxy S4, though now that it’s been out for awhile, discounts are starting to surface. If you’d like to ditch the contracts, you can find both devices, unlocked, for $700, give or take. And so, there you have it.
Conclusion: The Galaxy S 4 Active is a cool product. Samsung deserves credit for bucking the trend of saddling “life-proof” smartphones with sub-par specs, and AT&T deserves a pat on the back too, for targeting it at the right kind of consumer with its advertising.
Pros: Lives up to water-resistance claims, Nicer hardware finish than stock S 4, Quick-access torch is handy, Dedicated underwater mode for camera, Respectable battery life
Cons: The Galaxy S 4 Active is available now from AT&T for a no-commitment price of $594.99. That’s cheaper than the Galaxy S 4′s $639.99 full-retail price, but throwing a 2-year contract into the mix knocks everything back down to saner levels: just like the S 4, the Active runs , with a 2-year commitment.