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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active fits your lifestyleYou don't have to run marathons to appreciate the S6 Active's sturdiness and "waterproof" backing.
[MUSIC] The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is pretty much the exact same as the regular S6 except that it is on steroids and plated in armor. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNN, I'm going to show you what's different about this phone. First of all we do have this thick plastic rim around the edge and these physical buttons on the bottom and on the side. They play a really important role In keeping this phone sturdy. There's no glass. There's no metal. It is just plastic. And it's supposed to be. The phone does feel pretty grippy because it's got these indentations all along the rim and there's texturing on all of the buttons, which are very responsive. I really like using them. I think they're kind of fun even if you don't live an active lifestyle, whatever that means. Unlike the S6 the Active is waterproof for 30 minutes in up to three feet of water, it is also dust resistant, and it is resistant to drops for up to four feet but I wouldn't recommend trying it out on purpose. It's nice that there's no flap over the charging port in this version unlike previous versions there's also wireless charging included just like in the S6. See this bright blue button here on the side? This is the convenience key that launches that activity tracker. You press it once to get to the Activity Zone app that has weather, a stopwatch, [UNKNOWN] for your pedometer, a flashlight. A whole bunch of other things. Or you can long press it to pull up another app. In this case, I've got music because I like to listen to music when I run. But the beauty of both of these functions is that you can program pretty much any app from launch [UNKNOWN] and just remember you can still double tap on the home button to launch the camera. There is also a bigger battery on the S6 Active than with the normal S6, but other wise the specs are pretty much the same. You've got you're 5.1 inch screen with a monster resolutions. 16 megapixel camera on the back, 5 megapixel camera on the front, and Android 5.0 Lollipop inside. The phone does feel grippy in my hand, it's a little bit wider than the regular S6. There are these little rivet looking things on the back, but they're purely for decoration. This is an embedded device so you can't pop anything off the back cover. There are definitely some features on here that would help you out if you are active. But, I think that the S6 Active is a really fun, high-end phone to use, no matter what your lifestyle. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. Make sure that you read my full Essex Actor review at CNET.com. [MUSIC]