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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active / i9295 / i537

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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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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (AT&T) Review

LAPTOP Magazine
9 July 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Quick Review

5 July 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active (AT&T)

PC Magazine
4 July 2013
  • Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active remixes the successful S 4 with a waterproof coating for the accident-prone, but the camera suffers.
  • Pros: Waterproof. Excellent speakerphone. Super fast processor. Latest version of Android.
  • Cons: Camera isn't quite as good as standard S 4. Not actually rugged.
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Overall 9

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review

Phone Arena
19 June 2013
  • Conclusion: No matter how we look at it, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a pretty awesome smartphone. It is one of the very few devices that are tough enough to resist some serious dust and water damage, yet good-looking and extremely capable at the same time. To top it all off, Samsung has sprinkled a ton of goodies, packed as part of the TouchWiz UI.
  • Pros: Water and dust resistant, High-resolution display, Fast processor, Screen can be used with gloves
  • Cons: Screen does not work when wet, Other high-ends have better cameras
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Trusted Reviews
8 April 2014
  • Summary: The Galaxy S4's brother can survive being dunked underwater, but is it any good?
  • Pros: High-resolution screen, IP67 water/dust resistance, Powerful processor
  • Cons: Some minor camera issues, Water resistant, but not rugged
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

4 October 2013
  • Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active offers all the key perks of the original S4 while fixing its build-quality issues. However, the phone's overall allure is still hampered by the addition of Samsung's Touchwiz Android skin, which adds a host of useless apps and UI changes.
  • Pros: Tough design, decent screen, great performance
  • Cons: Touchwiz additions are largely negative
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

1 October 2013
  • Conclusion: The Galaxy S4 Active isn't quite as rugged as its name suggests -- despite the water and dust proofing, and the Corning Gorilla Glass covering the display, there's not a lot of protection against dropping it. Still, it could certainly take the original S4 in a fight, and with some fairly minor economies on the screen and camera, it offers a similarly high spec to the original S4.
  • Pros: Water and dust proof, powerful processor, hi-res screen, it takes pics underwater!
  • Cons: Not as rugged as its name suggests, bigger and heavier than the S4
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Overall 8

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review

PC Advisor
23 September 2013
  • Summary: The Galaxy S4 Active is one of Samsung's family of Galaxy S4 smartphones. This Android phone is built to last: a toughened smartphone able to handle dust, water, and all the vicissitudes an active life can throw at a handset. Here's our Galaxy S4 Active review.
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