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And the S8's edges look fragile by comparison.
The contrast is pretty stark when you compare from the bottom...
...or from the side.
Once you put the Galaxy S8 in a case, they get to be about the same size.
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.
One more look at the two S8s side by side.
Both the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Active are water-resistant.
There's one other extra that the S8 Active has on top of the regular Galaxy S8, and that's a larger battery.
The S8 Active's battery kept going for an average of 24 hours in our tests.
Whichever phone you chose, you're getting some quality hardware specs.
Read even more pros and cons in our full Galaxy S8 Active review.