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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S4 Active: How Does the Vanilla Version Hold Up to It’s Rugged Variant

We recently received the Galaxy S4 Active from AT&T and figured it was time to bring you a comparison of the two devices. The phones are very similar, the processor, RAM, storage and hardware layout are all the same, but the Active has an IP67 certification for resistance against dust and water.

What’s that mean? For one, the Galaxy S4 Active can be submerged in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, meaning you can take underwater pictures or drop it in the pool without having to freak out. Heck, you can even use it in the shower. The ruggedness comes with a bit of sacrifice, however. You’ll get a TFT LCD display instead of an HD SuperAMOLED screen, though the resolution and size are the exact same. Samsung also dropped the camera to an 8-megapixel shooter instead of a 13-megapixel lens.

The Galaxy S4 Active isn’t much thicker than the Galaxy S4, however, and we really love the teal color of our device. Watch us dunk it in a cup of water in the video above!

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...