Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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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

**Since September 2013, Samsung have implemented a 'region lock' on all new stock. Clove Technology only have access to the “European” models of new Samsung stock. The compatible countries are listed at the end of the product description and marked on the product's box.

For correct operation, this handset should be activated inside one of these countries with a SIM card issued for use there. The device will then be able to accept SIM cards from outside of these countries.

Activation requires turning the device on for the first time & completing set-up with the SIM installed, then completing at least 5 minutes of voice call(s) with this SIM.

You may still use the device outside of these countries when 'roaming' - using a SIM card from these countries in an already activated device.

If this activation procedure is not followed then the device will lock when used with a SIM card from outside of these regions. Local Samsung support may provide a code to unlock such handsets.

All member states of the E.E.A and the following additional territories: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.


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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Huw Davies 3rd August 2013

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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

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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

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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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