Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

from  $169.95+
84
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active review: a top-tier phone in a water-resistant package

With a water-resistant casing and a comfortable, attractive design, Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active is a strong option for outdoorsy -- and clumsy -- types. Just don't expect all the bells and whistles of the original Galaxy S 4.

Pros
  • Attractive, comfortable design
  • Effective water-resistant features
  • Fluid everyday performance
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Lower-quality display than GS4
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Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

100
kduffy
The Galaxy S4 Active accomplished what it sought out to do, to be a rugged version...read more
70
fr8broker
I returned it within 2 days. The software was "buggy". The cover over the...read more
80
daved1948
I love my Galaxy - BUT...Like all Samsung products the side buttons are WAY...read more
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Model
SGH-i537

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Screen size
5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Flash) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
LTE

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
Other (1920, 1080)
Pixel density
443 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.9 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Other features

Flight mode
yes
Ruggedized
yes