PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs GALAXY Note

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, phonearena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 1 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs GALAXY Note

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps
GALAXY Note
4.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
GALAXY Note
15.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Significantly faster graphics 15.5 fps vs 4.2 fps Around 3.8x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 1,954 vs 331 Around 6x better geekbench score
Faster web browser 2,669 vs 2,053 More than 30% better BrowserMark score
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 284 ppi Around 55% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 42.2 Mb/s More than 2.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 800 More than 2x higher resolution
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 151 g vs 178 g More than 15% lighter
Slightly longer talk time 1,020 min vs 600 min 70% longer talk time; go days without charging
Thinner 9.1 mm vs 10 mm Around 10% thinner
Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note

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Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Much longer standby time (3G) 49,248 min vs 19,152 min More than 2.5x longer standby time (3G)
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Bigger screen 5.3" vs 5" More than 5% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs GALAXY Note 

9.5
8.5
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
Galaxy S4 Active

8.5
7.5
Anything runs flawlessly, from 3D games and heavy web pages, to any CPU- or GPU-intensive application you can think of.
Galaxy S4 Active

8.0
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.
Galaxy S4 Active

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
GALAXY Note 
Type Super IPS LCD2 AMOLED
Size 5" 5.3"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 284 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 4.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0

form factor

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
GALAXY Note 
Weight 151 g 178 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 10 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm 83 x 147 x 10 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 1,020 min 600 min
Talk time (3G) 900 min 810 min
Standby time (3G) 19,152 min 49,248 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,500 mA·h
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