Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy S4 Active / i9295 / i537
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
4 October 2014
Summary: Despite the minor differences in the camera and screen, this is basically a sporty, more daring version of the Galaxy S4. If you spend a lot of time outdoors but desire a handset which looks fantastic and performs brilliantly, then this is your ideal choice. In terms of power there’s little that can match it on the market right now, and the ability to withstand the assault of water and dust is a valuable bonus.
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.
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.
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
Summary: The basics The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the next member or the burgeoning S4 family packs the same power as Samsung’s best-selling handset, but offers water and dust resistance into the bargain. Should you pick this over the original model, or is the sporty exterior little more than a gimmick for the butter-fingered? You’re about to find out.
Pros: Unlike the S4 Zoom camera phone, which makes quite a few compromises to squeeze in an optical zoom on the back, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is essentially the Galaxy S4 with a more resilient casing. That means that it packs the same zippy 1.9GHz quad-core processor inside, as well as a hearty 2GB of RAM to keep things ticking over nicely. You’ve also got 4G super speed connectivity, and it’s running Android 4.2.2 - the latest version of Google’s mobile operating syst...
Cons: Although it matches the original Galaxy S4 in terms of basic specs, the Active is lagging in some areas. The camera takes a downwards bump from 13 megapixels to eight, which naturally impacts on photo detail. It’s not a massive problem and you’re unlikely to tell the difference unless you’ve previously owned a Galaxy S4. The other big change is the substitution of the Super AMOLED screen for a TFT panel. AMOLED tech traditionally offers brighter, more striking colours...
Conclusion: With little in the way of price difference between the S4 and the S4 Active it’s hard to find a reason not to recommend the latter. It’s arguably nicer, certainly tougher, and even the differences in the camera output are negligible. The waterproofing of phones is very much a trend we’re in favour of, and by the time the S5 comes along next year we’d like to think it will have become a standard feature.
Summary: : The Samsung Galaxy S4 Actives manages to give the best of both worlds. Most of the excellent features in the original S4, plus a sturdy, tough case. The only minus being a less powerful camera.
Pros: : tough, robust handset, performs well, HD display, has 4G and NFC support, and comes with the best Samsung features.
Cons: : less powerful camera, the back easily scuffs, battery life is average.