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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active GT-I9295

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Product Code: SAM-S4ACTG
Manufacturer: Samsung
Rating: * * * * *

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Overview

Samsung's 2013 flagship device, the Galaxy S4, has been released to fantastic reception globally. The device offers the pinnacle of technology in current Android smartphones and is being sold in huge numbers. Never one to rest though, Samsung has now announced this ruggedised and tougher version, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. The S4 Active takes practically everything that makes the standard S4 so sought after and encases it in a tougher chassis with an IP67 ingress protection rating. This rating makes the S4 Active both water resistant (proven up to depths of 1 metre for 30 minutes) and sealed to be dustproof. Perfect for the smartphone user who likes to take the device to the great outdoors but does not want to compromise on power and performance.

The core specification of the S4 Active illustrates that this is not a stripped down version of the original Galaxy S4. S4 Active is using the same 1.9 GHz quad-core powerhouse processor, 2 GB of RAM and modified Android 4.2, with Samsung's impressive array of additional features and apps to deliver the Galaxy experience. The 5 inch Super AMOLED screen has been replaced with a TFT version, although this is still capable of displaying full HD content and is a small trade off for the extra protection. The Active also features 3 physical buttons instead of the software keys on the standard S4 so they can still be used when the device is under water or wet.

The full suite of Samsung features of the S4 are present on the Active so you can look forward to Air Gesture, to navigate content without touching the screen, Air View for previewing content by having your fingers hover over the screen, Smart Pause for clever screen control from optical cues and the S Health suite for keeping track of personal statistics and goals. S Travel and S Translator make an appearance too, great news if you plan on taking your S4 Active on holiday .

The Galaxy S4 Active uses a 8 megapixel camera, rather than the 13 megapixel shooter on the standard S4. This,however, has been modified and upgraded for use underwater. Unique to the S4 Active is Aqua Mode which can be activated to enhance pictures and videos taken while the phone is submerged. The volume key can also be used as a camera shortcut to easily open the camera app to capture the world around you. Alongside Aqua Mode returns Samsung's other camera features including Drama Shot for continuous time-lapse, Sound & Shot to store image and sound files together, and Story Album to collate an organized file of similarly tagged pictures (through geotags or user timeline information).

The Samsung Hub also makes a return to access all sorts of multimedia content, ready to be shared through compatible Samsung devices and HomeSync via Samsung Link. This also means that Group Play, ChatON and WatchON, including the IR blaster all make a come back too.

In making the Galaxy S4 Active tough and durable, Samsung have also made the device as feature rich as its sister phone. There are minor compromises to be made if you need a toughened up and outdoor-friendly device, however the S4 Active is still a world beater .

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Features

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.9 GHz quad core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage (approx 11.25 user accessible)
  • 5 inch full HD TFT screen
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 2 MP front faceing camera
  • MicroSDXC up to 64 GB
  • Wi-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n dual channel & Wi-Fi direct
  • DLNA, NFC & Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • IP67 ingress protection - water resistant and dust proof
  • 2600 mAh removable battery
  • 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm
  • 151 grams
SIM Free & Unlocked Yes
Operating SystemAndroid
Version4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Custom SkinTouchWiz
Speed1.9GHz Quad Core
Dual Core
Quad Core Yes
Expansion Slot Yes
Capacity (Up to)64 GB
Internal Storage Yes
Capacity16 GB
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution <Full HD> 443 ppi
Frequencies850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Yes
Frequencies800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz
Bluetooth Yes
Version4.0 LE
WiFi Yes
VersionIEEE a/b/g/n (2.4 5GHz) Wi-Fi Direct
Video OutMicroUSB via MHL adapter
Device Controls
Optical Trackpad
Hardware Buttons
Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
Built-in Software
Camera Yes
FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
Camera Lens
Front Facing Camera Yes
Type2 MP
G-Sensor Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass and Gyro Yes
Light Sensor Yes
FormatsMPEG4,H.263,H.264,DivX4,VP8, WMV9, WMV 7/8, MP43, Sorenson Spark
Near Field Communication Yes
FM Radio
Capacity2600 mAh
Removable Yes
Call Time
Standby Time
Dimensions139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm
Weight 151 grams
SoftwareSamsung Apps: Samsung Smart Scroll/Pause, Air View/Gesture, Samsung WatchON ChatON, Samsung Hub Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games, S Translator, S Travel(Trip Advisor), S Health, Story Album,
OtherGoogle services: Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Local, Google Navigation (Turn-by-turn Navi.), Voice Search, Chrome Browser.
Warranty24 months

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Samsung Galaxy S4. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a standard SIM card slot or a Micro SIM slot?

It has a Micro SIM card slot

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes, it accepts up to 64GB microSDXC memory cards

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Overall Rating * * * * * 3 Stars Good

Huw Davies 3rd August 2013

Overall Rating
2 Stars Ok

Recommend to a friend? No

"I had the first batch of this phone in the UK and was so disappointed with it. The sound was very "tinny" it's not 100% waterproof as the SIM and MicroSD will get wet and are required to dry the phone after it's been in water (Sea water can be troublesome)

Whilst holding the phone and watching a video I felt the vibration of the speakers and it didn't feel comfortable to hold the phone.

Comparing with the Original S4 and the HTC One. I prefer the S4 layout but prefer the HTC ONE speakers. "

@Richie 30th July 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"dude your maths r worrying.
S4 = 440
S4 Active = 405
And regarding Samsung warranty not including water damage. You know that there are people that will take advantage of this. Gee, I certainly want a new phone a few months before warranty runs out!!

I am a happy S4 Active owner!"

Adam 23rd July 2013

Overall Rating
4 Stars Very Good

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"Totally waterproof, put mine in a pint to show my mates! Samsungs are all a bit pricey now but this is well worth the extra and stil cheaper than the normal S4!!"

Richie 19th July 2013

Overall Rating
2 Stars Ok

Recommend to a friend? No

"Not impressed, warranty states it should not be in contact with any liquid. Camera and screen not as good as original S4 and way more expensive."

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