Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

phonegain-samsung-galaxy-s6-active-black_1Meant to be a more rugged version of their flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is actually the third iteration of the series. The S4 Active came somewhat out of the blue, almost unannounced, but was well received for its uncompromising nature, hardware-wise. The S6 Active now arrives in an expected manner. Just like its predecessors, it comes as an AT&T exclusive, which is the biggest and most poignant of its downsides. Hope is not lost, fortunately, as the S5 Active also made a tardy escape from exclusivity.


The Design

     What design choices made the standard S6 such a beautiful thing also turned it into a rather delicate flower, that is certain. The Active model comes to table with a polycarbonate body of utilitarian design that puts it somewhere on the fine dotted line between not a looker and plain ugly. Still, nobody should expect a proper rugged phone to be anywhere near pretty, as with say an armored vehicle. The body is quite thicker than the regular, not as thick as a protective case would be, and at least it holds a bigger battery for what it lacks in curves. The color choices are the least inspired matter regarding the S6 Active, it takes inspiration from its precursor the S5 Active with the camo design but the two choices are awkward and somewhat gaudy. Not exactly ugly, but the plain black will suit most people, even military enthusiasts. Button placement-wise nothing is much changed, save for added texture to existing ones and a new button on the left side, called the Push to App. The PtA button is just a hardware shortcut to an app, simple and useful. One more thing to say is that the S6 Active has no rubber flaps on ports, owning to its IP68 rating. For those of you who don’t really understand, IP67 refers to a water resistant circuit while IP68 is water-proof one. Just don’t think you can “forget” the phone in the sink, it will survive the drop and dunk but water is a scary thing.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Camo


The Hardware

    The S6 Active is pretty much identical to the S6 under the hood, which is one of its strong points. The only thing missing is the fingerprint scanner. There is one thing that that is crucially different between the two – the battery. It sports a capacity of 3500 mAh compared to the regular 2550 mAh, giving the Active roughly 12 extra hours of battery life. The internal storage is so far limited to 32 Gb with no new of a higher capacity model in the works and no SD card slot.


Technical Specifications

DISPLAY

Type:

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen – 16M colors

Size:

5.1 inches with ~66.5% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution:

1440 x 2560 pixels at ~576 ppi pixel density

Protection:

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Custom UI:

TouchWiz UI

BODY

Size:

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm(5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in)

Weight:

138 g (4.87 oz)

Protection:

IP68 certified – dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes;

MIL-STD-810G certified – salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant

Colors:

White, Gray Camo, Black

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery

USB:

microUSB v2.0

SIM Card:

Nano-SIM

HARDWARE & OS

Operating System:

Android OS, v5.0.2 Lollipop

Chipset

Exynos 7420

CPU:

8-Cores: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57

GPU:

Mali-T760

MEMORY & STORAGE

Card Slot:

N/A

Internal Storage

32 GB

RAM:

3GB

CAMERA

Primary:

16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels

Secondary

5 MP, [email protected]

Video:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Features:

Geo-tagging, Auto HDR, touch focus, panorama, face detection

COMMUNICATIONS

Network:

GSM / HSPA / LTE

WiFi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz; VHT80 MIMO; Wi-Fi Direct; hotspot

Bluetooth:

v4.1; A2DP; AVRCP; DI; HFP; HID; HOGP; HSP; MAP; OPP; PAN; PBAP; SAP

GPS:

A-GPS; GLONASS; Beidou

Infrared:

Yes

Radio:

N/A

NFC:

Yes

SENSORS

Sensors:

Accelerometer; Barometer; Fingerprint Sensor; Gyro Sensor; Geomagnetic Sensor; Hall Sensor; HR Sensor; Light Sensor; Proximity Sensor

AUDIO/VIDEO

Video Playing Format:

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Audio Playing Format

MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Video Playing Resolution:

UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps

BATTERY

Capacity:

3500

Talk Time 3G WCDMA

24 Hours

Internet Usage Time 3G:

16 Hours

Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi:

Audio Playback Time:

57 Hours

Video Playback Time:

18 Hours

The Conclusion

The biggest fault of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is its limited availability, it’s a stellar achievement that deserved a wider audience than half of North America. Another qualm would be the continued lack of a SD card slot, while the non-removable battery is more than forgivable, this is rather annoying. Otherwise, the phone might just be better than the S6 for those that seek raw power, longevity and battery life in a phone. So, to make things clear, the S6 active isn’t a looker, but certainly is a worker, having full-fledged flagship innards in a rugged package. Fingers crossed for a wider release.