PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs S4

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), 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

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Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs S4

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 S4
17.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
Galaxy S4
41.3 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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Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

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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
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Lighter 130 g vs 151 g Around 15% lighter
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9.1 mm Around 15% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs S4 

9.5
9.0
The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.
Galaxy S4 Active

8.5
9.3
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

8.0
9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
S4 
Type Super IPS LCD2 AMOLED
Size 5" 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 440 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 5.0
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 v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
S4 
Weight 151 g 130 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 7.9 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.9 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 13 MP
Resolution 8 MP 13 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)
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 (3G) 900 min 1,020 min
Standby time (3G) 19,152 min 22,176 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,600 mA·h
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