Galaxy S4 Active http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-s4-active/all en-GB Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/sorry-samsung-we-killed-your-waterproof-phone-water/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reviewer Sophie Charara takes the Galaxy S4 Active for a swim. And it doesn&#039;t like it one bit... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water" alt="Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/galaxy-s4-active-water-drops-logo.jpg?1375869430" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Waterproof gadgets call for one thing: sitting on the side of an outdoor swimming pool in the English countryside and dipping the S4 Active in for a few minutes to test out its underwater Aqua mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>I made sure the microUSB port flap was sealed and clicked the rear cover firmly into place (the headphone jack is waterproof) – then panicked my friends by plunging the phone into the water to start filming.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sleeping with the fishes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's not all bad news, though. Stuff's <a href="https://twitter.com/lucyhedges">Lucy Hedges</a> had far more successful under water shenanigans with another Galaxy S4 Active, managing to&nbsp;submerge it&nbsp;completely in a selection of fish tanks while taking photos and recording video.</p> <p>She did notice that the screen would freeze after each dip, though (even after drying), but a quick power button press to lock and unlock the screen did the trick.&nbsp;</p> <p>We'll call this one a draw then, shall we?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="720" title="Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water" alt="Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s4-active-fish.jpg?1375869430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="960" height="720" title="Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water" alt="Sorry Samsung, we killed your waterproof phone – with water" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s4-active-starfish.jpg?1375869430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/sorry-samsung-we-killed-your-waterproof-phone-water/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/sorry-samsung-we-killed-your-waterproof-phone-water/feature#comments Galaxy S4 Active Samsung Smartphones Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:30:17 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1425218 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S4 Active hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take the plunge and go diving in the deep end with Samsung’s flagship toughphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s4-active_1.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has not only made a toughphone, it's made a smart toughphone that manages to pack in nearly all the power of the S4 with the protective shell that’d feel at home under a tank.</p> <p>So how does the Galaxy S4's burly brother fare? We get our hands dirty and find out...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/luke-edwards" title="View user profile.">Luke Edwards</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water resistance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This bad boy feels pretty similar to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Galaxy S4</a> at just 9.1mm thick (1.2mm more than the S4). Despite that, it's IP67 rated – meaning it can handle a bit of rough and tumble. Dust? The Active laughs in its granular face. Water? It can hold its robo-breath for half an hour at up to one metre of the briny deep.</p> <p>And yes – it’ll take a knock or two without any bother. Not that we smashed it into those pebbles too hard. We didn’t want to get our shirt wet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-black.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-screen-wet.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not only is the hardware of the S4 Active built for aquatic adventures, its 8MP camera is too. A new shooting option called Aqua Mode adapts the camera to work underwater both for snapping pics and shooting video.</p> <p>We were impressed at how well it cut down on water warp even in this turbulent tank. And the ability to select which button you want as your shutter is a thoughtful option. Thanks Sammy, you sub-aquatic sweetie you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-aqua-mode.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-half-submerged.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smooth operator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As noted above, unlike other phones bearing the Galaxy S4 moniker, the Active has all the grunt of the standard Galaxy S4. That means you get a 1080p 5in (441ppi) screen, a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM.</p> <p>We glided through the OS without so much as a hiccup. Glided virtually, in case you thought we were talking about slippery fingers. Which was an issue – if the screen's wet, the touch sensitivity is a little hit-and-miss – but usually you’d wipe it first, or be underwater.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-screen.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-under-water.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The weight, at 151g, is just 21g more than the S4 – but the Active simply feels more solid, rather than being cumbersome. There are three physical buttons that make controls in extreme conditions more precise than touch sensitive ones might.</p> <p>The microUSB cover seems the weakest point, flipping open once before we submerged.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-back-wet.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-front-wet.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’re in the market for a top end smartphone, and don’t want to spend extra on a case, you can’t go far wrong with the S4 Active. You sacrifice a few megapixels on the camera versus the S4, but being able to shoot underwater makes up for that in our opinion – pixels aren’t everything. You could, if you're feeling risky, even save a few pennies on smartphone insurance – after all, the Active shrugs off knocks and bumps that would shatter a lesser smartphone.</p> <p>We just need to see the price, but so far it’s looking like a strong contender for the flagship spot at Samsung.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-sexy-water.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-submerged.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S4 Active hands-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get wet and wild with Samsung&#039;s toughest smartphone yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active.jpg?1372350086" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-hands-review/feature#comments Galaxy S4 Active Samsung Smartphones Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:31:24 +0000 Luke Edwards 1424255 at http://www.stuff.tv Why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active over the “vanilla” S4 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/why-you-should-buy-samsung-galaxy-s4-active-over-vanilla-s4/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s latest smartphone is set to be the most powerful ruggedised mobile ever made </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Active" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s4-active_0.jpg?1371141249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The thing about tough smartphones is that, once you get past the fact that they can happily get drenched, survive a drop onto the pavement from five feet and let you play Candy Crush Saga in arctic temperatures, they tend to be a bit rubbish. There’s always the feeling that, in order to achieve that toughness, the manufacturers have cut down on design, features and power.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No compromise on power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we say, there’s no compromise on features and power. Android 4.2.2, a 5in 1080p screen with an iPhone 5-besting pixel density of 443ppi, 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera make this as fully-loaded a smartphone as you could wish for. There are even the Air Gesture, S Health and S Translator exclusive apps from the original S4.</p> <p>So you’ve basically got the Galaxy S4 in all its glory – plus a helping of ruggedised extra glory heaped on top. The only price you pay is having to put up with a bit of extra girth to the phone body. Samsung has yet to reveal the UK price and release date for the Galaxy S4 Active, but it’ll be available in the US (from AT&amp;T) for $200 on a two-year contract.</p> <p>It isn't the only S4 variant Samsung is working on, either. There'll soon be a scaled-down <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/rumour-mill/samsung-galaxy-s4-mini-incoming">Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini</a> and a photography-focussed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-officially-announced">Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom</a> in the shops too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-2.jpg?1371141249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/why-you-should-buy-samsung-galaxy-s4-active-over-vanilla-s4/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4-active/why-you-should-buy-samsung-galaxy-s4-active-over-vanilla-s4/news#comments Galaxy S4 Active Samsung Smartphones Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:34:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424037 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S4 Active leaks http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-leaks/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first Galaxy S4 variant is a tough cookie, with a hardened waterproof shell covering a sensitive quad-core interior </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-Active.jpg?1371054567" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2625.jpg?1371054567" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours that Samsung is prepping a ruggedised version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/samsung-galaxy-s4">Galaxy S4</a> have been circulating for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/rumour-mill/new-samsung-galaxy-s4-active-and-galaxy-s4-zoom-coming">a while now</a> –  and now the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been revealed to the world in these leaked photos.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/rumour-mill/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-leaks </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-leaks/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-s4-active-leaks/news#comments Galaxy S4 Active Samsung Mon, 20 May 2013 16:29:26 +0000 Luke Edwards 424917 at http://www.stuff.tv