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: 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
The Galaxy S4 Active is more appealing than the regular Galaxy S4 in many ways
Good Gear Guide.au
6 October 2013
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active makes some small sacrifices in display resolution, camera, and weight, but its water resistance factor and a sturdier feeling build make it more appealing than the regular Galaxy S4 in many ways.
Pros: Dust and water resistant, Physical menu keys on front, Good battery life
Cons: Can't edit dock shortcuts on AU model, Back is slippery to hold, Not a truly rugged device
Excerpt: LIFEPROOF SMARTPHONES are fast becoming 2013's "it" technology items, with the launch of Sony's Xperia Z prompting many phone makers to follow suit by releasing their own IP67 certified handsets. The latest of these is Korean technology juggernaut Samsung with its Galaxy S4 Active. The Active is designed to offer high-end performance similar to that of the original Samsung Galaxy S4 with the added perk of being dust, scratch and even water resistant.
Pros: Sturdy design, fast performance, good camera
Cons: Touchwiz is overbearing, screen not as good as that on original Galaxy S4, The faces you'll make trying to get Eye Scroll to work
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