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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active / i9295 / i537

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Overall 9

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

10 October 2013
  • 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.
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review: Takes Abuse Kindly

27 August 2013
  • Pros: Weighs only grams more than the S4, TFT screen is easy to read in sunlight, Is definitely dust and water-resistant, Same price point as original
  • Cons: Less megapixels than original, Sometimes more or less ergonomic
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Overall 9

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

25 August 2013
  • Summary: Like the standard Samsung Galaxy S4, the S4 Active packs a 5-inch, Full HD display and a ridiculously powerful quad-core chip. Better yet, it's fully waterproof, meaning you never need fear taking a call in the rain. If you've ever wanted to take your mobile in the shower, this is the phone for you.
  • Cons: Screen isn't as vivid as standard S4; Lots of Samsung settings will be confusing to new Android users.
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review: In Depth

24 August 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
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Overall 8
Performance 6
Battery performance 9
Display 9
Weight 10
Noise 10
Gaming performance 4
Connectivity 5
Keyboard 6
Temperature 8

Review Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295 Smartphone

21 August 2013
  • Summary: Refined water lover. Samsung slips a 5-inch TFT screen with Full HD resolution into a metal frame and fills the remaining space with all the good inner components from their flagship Galaxy S4. Then they IP certify it -- and voilà, the new outdoor smartphone. A superior quality S4? Can it be true?
  • Pros: IP certification, TFT with stable image from many angles, Full HD, Excellent connectivity options, Well thought-through controls under water, The camera takes decent pictures underwater. Also, the metal frame gives the smartphone a high-quality feel.
  • Cons: Throttling SoC when under load for an extended period, Speaker is spine-chilling at high volume, Middle-of-the-road battery life, A cover for the headphone jack would have been great. The battery lid's seal should have stretched to the camera and speaker.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review

13 August 2013
  • Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is being offered to a small niche of people who require their smartphones to be as rugged as they are. We know there are people out there who are literally being bombarded by water, mud, dust and everything in between on a regular basis, and something like the S4 Active should be right up their alley if they want their smartphone to survive their active lifestyle.
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Review: Galaxy S 4 Active is a Samsung phone for folks who hate Samsung phones

Ars Technica
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!
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review: One of the Best Android Smartphones To Date

20 July 2013
  • Excerpt: Galaxy S4 Active: Water Resistant, Powerful, and Elegant When we first heard about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active we kinda dismissed it because we thought that it would be bulky and heavy. However it turns out it’s our favorite Galaxy S4 variant.
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Overall 9

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review

17 July 2013
  • 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
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (AT&T) Review: Finally, A Flagship Variant Worthy Of Its Name

Android Police
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.
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