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AT&T to Replace Water Damaged Galaxy S4 Active Units

by Jacob Kleinman | August 6, 2013August 6, 2013 4:30 pm PST

Looks like the Galaxy S4 Active may not be quite as water resistant as advertised. AT&T will offer a one-time-exchange for the device if it has been damaged by water, AT&T told Engadget on Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the Galaxy S4 Active isn’t quite as water-resistant as Samsung claims. The device, which boasts an IP67 certification that should let it function in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes, hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Obviously AT&T has to ignore the liquid damage indicator if it has a positive reading in this case, since water is somehow getting inside the phone.

The device may not boast as sharp as screen, as thin a design, or as powerful a camera as the Galaxy S4, but in return you get a tougher device (in general) as well as a cool teal-colored casing. In our comparison review we felt the Active measured up to its flagship brother, but now we’re having second thoughts. You probably shouldn’t buy one at this point – why risk it? – but if you already own the S4 Active and have experienced an issue definitely take AT&T up on its offer.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...