Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 

Released June, 2013
  • Android 4.4.2
  • 4G
  • 5"
  • Quad core 1.9 GHz
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
So, although there is a change in display technology for this device, we can't say it's hugely detrimental: it's still a great 5-inch display.
by PocketLint (Jul, 2013)
7.6 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4 Active
8.6
Xperia Z
8.4
Xperia ZR
8.5
Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4 Active
8.5
Xperia Z
8.3
Xperia ZR
7.9
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4 Active
5.2
Xperia Z
5.1
Xperia ZR
5.1
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4 Active
8.6
Xperia Z
8.4
Xperia ZR
6.8
Reviews from gsmarena.com, phonearena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 1 more

7.6

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4 Active
7.6
Xperia Z
7.4
Xperia ZR
7.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4 Active
1,954
iPhone 5
707
Xperia Z1
2,673

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4 Active
2,669
iPhone 5
901
iPhone 5s
3,621

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps
iPhone 5
29.8 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active


9.5
The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.

8.5
Anything runs flawlessly, from 3D games and heavy web pages, to any CPU- or GPU-intensive application you can think of.

9.0
Viewing angles are great and, as we we've said, it's capable of plenty of detail.

8.0
With a full HD resolution images and text are just as sharp and you'll be more than happy with the S4 Active on the visual side of things as it's right up there with the best of them.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

When manual brightness is enabled, you can't actually set the display as bright as auto mode achieves in full sunlight.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
You can easily tweak the auto-brightness levels if you feel you need to nudge it up a notch, but we have found ourselves constantly tinkering with the brightness as we've been using the phone.
by PocketLint (Jul, 2013)
It's a minor issue and the screen on the Galaxy S4 is among the better LCDs.
by GSM Arena (Jun, 2013)

Durability

Just keep in mind that this isn't a rugged phone and if bumps and drops are a part of your phone's daily life, you'll still need a rugged case.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2013)
Flip the Galaxy S4 Active over and you'll find things are a little different here compared to the rest of the S4 range, with a more industrial design adding to the rugged tag the handset sports.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
On top of that all, Samsung has thrown in the so-called Aqua Mode, which is meant for taking clearer photos and videos underwater.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

Camera

Samsung's new camera UI is excellent, and it's based on the new Galaxy Camera's UI.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
In daylight, the rear 13MP camera is superb, and Samsung's many modes and features make it a lot of fun to use.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
Color reproduction is accurate and neutral, which is how it is supposed to be, although one can boost the saturation up a notch from the display settings menu.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

Video

As we've alluded to already playback quality is smashing, with beautifully crisp textures making for an excellent movie viewing experience, but colours are not quite as vivid as they are on the Galaxy S4.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Another benefit of the full HD display on the S4 Active is it's great for the free, built-in turn-by-turn satellite navigation, with directions appearing clear on screen.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
This is a lovely display overall, and videos and photos look particularly good, but it's not perfect.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)

Apps

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a high-end smartphone and therefore it's capable of all manner of text based communications from SMS and emails to social media and IM.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
We did find that some extended gaming on the S4 Active would drain the battery quite substantially, partly thanks to that big, full HD 5-inch display constantly being on and if you're planning a gaming session you'll want to make sure a power point is near by.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Google Play Music also makes an appearance on the S4 Active, but we'd recommend sticking to the main Music app as it offers up a much better experience.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 440 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 151 g
Thickness 9.1 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. Unknown (100 Mb/s)
  3. LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
  4. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  5. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat 3 (100/)
  9. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  10. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  11. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,020 min
Talk time (3G) 900 min
Standby time (3G) 19,152 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h
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