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An S6 by another name

You'd hardly know by looking that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has (very nearly) the same internals as the original Galaxy S6.

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Big buttons

That's because of its thick black plastic edges and physical buttons.

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Camo-what?

Oh yeah, and because the blue or gray camouflage backing is about as far from the S6's glass build as you can get (the black Active is camo-free).

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Ridgeasaurus rex

These indentations all along the S6 Active's perimeter are also signs of its sportish independence.

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Activate!

One of the Active's best features is the blue convenience key (Active key) on the side.

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Activity Zone

A short press calls up the Activity Zone app, where you can access health apps and a flashlight. A long press opens another app, like your music player. Go ahead, reprogram them both all you like.

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Splash zone

Keeping in line with the activity theme, the S6 Active can stand a dunk in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. The S6 can't. (But the S5 could!)

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Unplugged

Both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and S5 Active sealed their charging ports before you could douse it with liquid. This S6 Active is plug-free.

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Pocket watch

Slightly wider than the S6, the 5.1-inch Active is a tight fit in some pockets, but if you're good with an S6, you'll be fine with the Active's size.

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From generation to generation

From left to right, the Galaxy S6 Active, S5 Active, S4 Active and Galaxy S5 Sport.

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B-side

The Active series has always had more distinctive backings. From left to right: S4 Active,  S5 Active, S6 Active and S5 Sport.

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That's not all

Hunger for more? Check out the full rundown in CNET's Samsung Galaxy S6 Active review.

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