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And the S8's edges look fragile by comparison.

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The contrast is pretty stark when you compare from the bottom...

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...or from the side.

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Once you put the Galaxy S8 in a case, they get to be about the same size.

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When I dropped both phones, the S8's case helped protect it from scratches and scruffs equal to the S8 Active's built-in shell.

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One more look at the two S8s side by side.

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Both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Active are water-resistant.

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There's one other extra that the S8 Active has on top of the regular Galaxy S8, and that's a larger battery.

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The S8 Active's battery kept going for an average of 24 hours in our tests.

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Whichever phone you chose, you're getting some quality hardware specs.

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Read even more pros and cons in our full Galaxy S8 Active review.

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