The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is the latest in a long line of variations of the Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy S4 flagship, which hit the market earlier this year. It’s a device designed for those who enjoy life outdoors and it seems Samsung’s ability to create a smartphone for all types of user is paying off – the firm was recently announced as the leading force in the mobile market in terms of its market share.
Boasting a water resistant and dustproof shell the S4 Active sets itself well apart from its other Galaxy siblings. Thanks to a wealth of impressive specs it combines high-quality performance and protection perfectly, but how does it cope in the great outdoors? Read on to find out…
There’s very little difference between the S4 Active and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in terms of looks, and the manufacturer has carried forward the rounded form factor which has become synonymous with Galaxy handsets. That said, it has replaced the shiny polycarbonate rear cover with a matte finish, and added toughened sections at the top and bottom, which instantly makes the device feel sturdier in the hand.With an IP67 rating the device is completely protected from dust and dirt particles and can be submerged in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes. Even the exposed audio jack isn’t affected by any dunks or splashes, giving it the edge over its rivals.
Unfortunately the Super AMOLED display found on the flagship has been replaced by a TFT offering. However, thanks to a ppi of 441 text and images look sharp and clear when doing things like reading your favourite blogs or playing games.
Ditching the 13 megapixel camera found on the Galaxy S4, Samsung has opted for a modest 8 megapixel sensor on the S4 Active.
Basic shots are clear and bright, exactly what we’d expect from a camera of this nature, but with so many other smartphones boasting a similar lens, there’s a danger this could blend in with the rest. But this is Samsung we’re talking about and once again the manufacturer has made significant enhancements to the software side of things.When framed correctly images look crisp and clear, while video footage turns out brilliant every time. Aqua mode is a highlight of the handset, allowing users to easily capture and record those once in a life time moments anywhere.
Fans of the Galaxy S4 looking for a tougher handset will be pleased to hear that some of the intuitive software has been carried forward. Smart Stay, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, which use eye-tracking technology to allow you to control the display hands-free, have all made the cut, as do the various air gestures.
As hoped, S Health has been carried forward and is the perfect addition, allowing you to make the most of the handset’s active qualities. It’s brilliant for fitness fanatics and is capable of everything from monitoring your heart-rate during a workout to recording your glucose levels and calorie intake.
S4 Active Hands-On Review
On paper the S4 Active may look similar to the Galaxy S4, but once it’s in action it’s a very different device.
It’s unlike any of the other S4 variants and stands out for all the right reasons. Although some of the specs have been trimmed back slightly, Samsung has made up for this with some exceptional software and a premium yet durable design, that will no doubt appeal to the more dynamic user.
The S4 Active’s ability to take first-class pictures and videos underwater, without compromising any other part of the handset, is what many have no doubt been waiting for. Once again Samsung has shown its talent in creating a unique smartphone that targets a different kind of consumer.
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