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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active isn’t just a powerful phone with incredible software, superb hardware and a great look, it’s tough and water resistant too.

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Operating system Processor name and model Talk time (up to) Camera quality Screen size
Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor Up to 17 hours talk time 8MP 5"

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active offers most of the features of the original S4, but with added protection & water resistance. Explore rugged mountains, jog in the rain, even take photos underwater, and your Active will survive – perfect if you want the highest tech, but need a sturdier phone too.

The essential tech specs.

The Active is able to last for up to 312 hours on standby or give you 17 hours of talk time thanks to its 2,600mAh battery. Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 is preinstalled, giving loads of features and access to 1 million apps, while the processor is a mighty 1.9GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 chipset. The 5" screen is full 1080p HD resolution, so the sharpness is very high, 441 pixels per inch (PPI). On the back is an 8MP camera, and there's 16GB of storage for photos. Need more? Use microSD cards up to 64GB in size (sold separately).

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IP67 water resistance.

The S4 Active meets IP67 certification, which means it's dust-tight, but also protected against water. In fact, to meet IP67, devices need to keep out 100% of water for 30 minutes while being submerged in 1 metre of water. Equipped with a water resistant earphone jack, the Galaxy S4 Active allows you to keep listening to music in even the wettest conditions. Whether capturing every moment of a wild rafting trip or taking a great underwater photo in the pool, the unique construction lets you capture amazing pictures which would have been impossible using a normal smartphone.

Still hugely powerful.

Featuring a 1.9GHz quad core processor and a huge 2,600mAh battery, your Samsung Galaxy S4 Active can handle the most intensive tasks with ease. The striking colour and resolution on the 5.0" Full HD touchscreen gives you a state of the art display for watching videos and playing games, and it also supports Air View and Air Gesture. These are ways of controlling the screen without having to touch it at all.

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An 8MP camera that takes pictures underwater.

With an 8MP rear camera, plus a 2MP camera on the front, it's easy to take pictures wherever you are. Unique to the S4 Galaxy Active camera system is 'Aqua Mode', used to increase the quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and videos. The volume key on the side of phone can also be used as a camera key, letting you open the camera app quickly to capture the moment. Even better, the camera transforms into a powerful LED flash light to light your way in low light, just a long press of the volume key and it'll fire up.

Loads of added bonuses.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has loads of other features too. The screen uses Glove Touch technology so you can control the phone whilst wearing gloves. The built-in WatchOn app combines with the infrared port to let you control your TV, and even see what's on now and next. Because it's a phone designed for being active, there's S-Health too, an app that tracks your daily activity to help you stay fitter and healthier.

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Battery life and operating system

Operating system Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
Standby time (up to) 312 hours The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
Talk time (up to) 17 hours The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.
Battery size (in mAh) 2,600 mAh This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.

Body and screen

Screen resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
Screen sharpness 441ppi The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
Screen technology LCD The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
Sim type Micro The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
Touchscreen Yes Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.
Device size 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.

Device weight 153g The weight of the device in grams.
Screen size 5" The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.

Call

Speakerphone Yes If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).
Works in USA Yes Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.
Voice dialling Yes Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!
Voice recognition Yes Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.
Frequency band Quad band The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.

Camera

Flash type LED The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.
Front facing camera 2MP Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.
Video camera quality 1080p full HD The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.
Camera quality 8MP The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.

Connectivity

Mobile hotspot and tethering Yes This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.
Other connectivity NFC, DLNA, MHL The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.
Positioning A-GPS, GLONASS The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.
Wi-Fi Yes If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.
3G Yes 3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.
4G Yes

With 4G, internet speeds are five times faster than with the older 3G connection. It’s perfect for streaming videos and music, and means web pages load instantly. You won’t be getting the most out of your new phone without a 4G tariff.
Find out more and compare the 4G phones and 4G deals in our 4G comparison hub.

Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.
Internet data connection Yes The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.

Music and entertainment

Music player Yes A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.
Radio Yes A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.
Apps Yes Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.

Processor and memory

Memory card type MicroSD up to 64 GB Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.
Internal phone memory 16GB The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.
Processor name and model 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.
Processor speed 1.9GHz The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.
RAM 2GB RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.
Number of cores Quad core The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.

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