Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy S4 Active / i9295 / i537
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.