Most have what the more expensive models have, other than maybe extra screen space. If you need that extra space, get a tablet? Expensive phones also attract criminal attention depending on where you are when using it.
I am hard on my phones and always put them in an Otterbox Defender or similar rugged case.
I am currently using some old phones that were given to me after the old one died but am considering purchasing a phone if I see any deals here in the next few months. I figure there will be some deals around Black Friday.
The Galaxy S7 looks like a really nice unit as does the Google Pixel XL. The S7 has a tougher "Active" variant that isn't available on the Pixel line. I would still buy the Otterbox Defender for the S7 Active for extra protection if I went that route.
Am I really gaining anything by getting an Active phone if it is in a rugged case as well besides some extra battery life? I really like the size of the Pixel XL and there are also rugged cases for that as well.
I seem to bounce around my phones and drop them from time to time. My LG G2 was in an Otterbox Defender and there is no apparent damage to it but the digitizer on the touch screen has become non-responsive over 50% or more of the screen, making it basically unusable. I suspect my rough handling played a role in this happening although the screen looks to the eye.