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Samsung's sporty Galaxy S4 Active

Grab some waves

Done and dusted

Seal the deal

Close that yap

Snap it into place

Headset jack

Splish, splash

Line 'em up

Push some buttons

Thicker controls

Bumper and camera

Take a deep breath

Hardware keys, rubber bumpers, and loud colors are only part of what gives Samsung's Galaxy S4 Active its outdoorsy quality.
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This fun-loving version of the Galaxy S4 is also waterproof a meter below the surface for up to 30 minutes.
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Besides that, its IP67 rating means it's dustproof, too.
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This rubbery gasket beneath the back cover rebuffs particles and droplets.
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Before giving it an underwater dunk or going on a dusty hike, you have to make sure this Micro-USB charging port is plugged.
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You'll also want to double-check that the back cover is completely clicked into place, pressing the AT&T logo on the back to finish the seal.
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Don't worry about the headset jack; it's already quietly waterproofed.
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With the phone completely sealed, you can turn on Aqua mode, which uses a fixed focus to take underwater snaps and video using the volume rocker.
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The S4 Active clearly has a wilder personality than the original Galaxy S4, but the two phones have the same basic shape and internal specs, down to the IR blaster at the top of the phone.
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Physical navigation buttons are easy to press with wet or dry hands. It's a very nice change from flat, touch-sensitive icons and the S4's skinny Home key.
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The Active's volume rocker and power/lock buttons are also meatier and easier to push.
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I love the look of the rubbery bumpers on the back, but since they don't completely wrap around the Active's corners, they have limited functionality in protecting the phone from drops and scrapes. Samsung squared off the camera mount design to reinforce the sporty look.
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This Active isn't the only water baby there is, not by a long shot. But if you do it right, you can get some neat shots you wouldn't ordinarily be able to nab without extra accessories.
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