Samsung's splash-happy Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung had already announced the dustproof and waterproof Samsung Galaxy S4 Active prior to the phone's first official viewing, but it's only now that we can finally bring you an eyes-on. Read full review
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Editor's Rating
4 stars
$479.99

    Like the original, but a little different

    What's different about the Active versus the original ? Good question. Apart from the tougher build, not much. The handset is heavier and slightly thicker, and its 8-megapixel camera can take a shot or two beneath the waves without getting waterlogged. Read full review
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    4 stars
    $479.99

      Buttons you can press

      Instead of capacitive buttons, the S4 Active has grippier keys you can press to navigate around. Read full review
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      Editor's Rating
      4 stars
      $479.99

        Otherwise an S4 clone

        Beyond that, the shape, colors, and finish look almost identical to the original S4... Read full review
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        4 stars
        $479.99

          Screwed down

          ...that is, they look alike from the front. Flip it over and you see hardware accents designed to make the phone sturdier. Read full review
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          4 stars
          $479.99

            A closer look

            Let's get a closer look at that texture on this bolted-down S4 Active. Read full review
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            4 stars
            $479.99

              Side view

              It may weigh more, but the Galaxy S4 Active won't take up any more room in your pocket. Read full review
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              4 stars
              $479.99

                A camera mode made for surf

                The Aqua mode on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active shuts down the touch screen and enables the volume keys for use as the shutter/record button. Read full review
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                4 stars
                $479.99

                  Easy to grip edges

                  The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active's back side features top and bottom edges with a cross-hatched pattern. They're designed to help you grip the phone better when it's wet. Read full review
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                  4 stars
                  $479.99

                    Takes a dunking

                    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active can take a dunking under 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. Read full review
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                    4 stars
                    $479.99
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