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Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Active – Like A Really Bad Ass, Rugged, Outdoorsy GS4


Samsung made the Galaxy S4 Active official this morning as their take on a rugged device built specifically for handling tough conditions and for those with active lifestyles. Unlike the Galaxy S4 Mini, this phone actually lives up to its flagship name with specs that are almost identical. Available this summer in the U.S. and Sweden at launch, you’ll have three colors to choose from:  Urban Grey, Dive Blue, and Orange Flare (pictured below). 

In terms of tech specs, the device sports a 1.9GHz quad-core processor (likely the Snapdragon 600), 5.0″ Full HD LCD display (443ppi, but not a Super AMOLED), 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 2600mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, expandable microSD storage, with Android 4.2.2, all wrapped into a body that is 9.1mm thick.

On a rugged front, the GS4 Active is fully sealed to protect against dust particles and water damage. The device can actually be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It also has a water-resistant earphone jack, so you can take your tunes to the trees or the beach. The 8MP camera includes an “Aqua Mode” that increases visual quality and clarity as you snap photos under water.

Outside of all of that, it includes Glove Touch in the display, all of Samsung’s TouchWiz suite like Air Gesture and Air View, and the entire camera suite from the regular Galaxy S4.

The device will be on display at Samsung’s June 20 Premiere event in London.


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Press Release and Specs

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 Active : The Perfect Companion for Exploration, Activity and Adventure

June 5, 2013

GALAXY S4 Active lets users focus on living life to the fullest by providing a rich experience without the fear of damage from outdoor elements

SEOUL, Korea 17:00 KST – June 5, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced the GALAXY S4 Active, designed to enhance life experiences of the active user who wants to stay connected while exploring environments from the most rugged mountain trails to the roughest rivers.

“The GALAXY S4 Active is the newest addition to the GALAXY series and is purposefully designed for active users who love the outdoors,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung has taken the innovative features of the GALAXY S4 and added breakthrough protective design elements to create a device that thrives in an active environment and is built for a lifestyle of travel and exploration.”

Maximizing Durability

Recognizing the demands of a dynamic lifestyle, the GALAXY S4 Active was engineered to keep active users connected as they explore and experience the world around them.

The GALAXY S4 Active has qualified protection from dust and water (IP67*), so you never have to leave the device at home during a long day at the beach or dusty hike. The fully sealed design keeps dust particles out and protects against water damage for up to 30 minutes of submergence at a depth of one meter. Equipped with a water-resistant earphone jack, the GALAXY S4 Active frees you to use earphones in more adventurous conditions, in the same way you’ve used them in normal ones. Whether capturing every moment of a wild rafting trip or taking a great underwater photo in the pool, the device’s unique construction lets users capture amazing moments previously impossible using a normal smartphone.

(* IP stands for International Protection against ingress of solid foreign objects and harmful ingress of water. The highest level is IP68,)

Explore Longer with Powerful Performance

An active lifestyle requires plenty of energy, and the GALAXY S4 Active offers a long-lasting and powerful user experience.

Featuring a 1.9 GHZ Quad-Core processor and 2,600mAh battery, the GALAXY S4 Active can handle the most intensive tasks with ease and precision. Striking color and stunning resolution on the device’s beautiful 5.0’’ Full HD TFT LCD screen (443 PPI) makes playing the newest games or watching hours of video easy on the eyes. And with ‘Glove Touch’, cold weather is no longer a problem since the touchscreen can be fully operated while wearing gloves.

With an 8-megapixel rear camera, users can easily share their vivid experiences while on the go. Unique to the GALAXY S4 Active camera, ‘Aqua Mode’ can be used to increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images and video. The volume key located on the side of the device can be used as a camera key, allowing users to easily and quickly open the camera application to capture photo and video the moment it happens. Additionally, the camera transforms into a powerful LED flash light to assist in low-light and nighttime activities with a simple long press of the volume key.

Richer & Fuller Life Experience

The GALAXY S4 Active is designed with a seamless interface that incorporates popular features of the GALAXY S4.

‘S Travel (Trip Advisor)’ offers travel assistance, local information, and recommendations to provide a more seamless experience in an unfamiliar environment. ‘S Translator’ makes international travel easy by providing instant text or voice translation for emails and text messages.

The camera interface is designed to make capturing and sharing meaningful moments intuitive and more engaging with multiple shooting modes including ‘Drama Shot’, which allows users to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and ‘Sound & Shot’, which uniquely stores sound and voice together with the image to capture the moment in an immersive visual/audio format. With ‘Story Album’, photos taken with the GALAXY S4 Active are collected and sorted according to a user’s timeline, geo-tagging information or a specific event to instantly create an organized photo album. To help facilitate sharing, users can also use the ‘Group Play’ function to enjoy music, photos, documents and games together and across various devices including GALAXY S4, GALAXY S4 mini, GALAXY Mega 6.3 and GALAXY Mega 5.8.

‘Samsung Smart Pause’ enables users to control of the screen using optical cues. While watching a video, the video pauses when you look away and starts right up again when returning to view, saving vital battery life and time spent rewinding. ‘Air View’ lets you preview the content of an email by simply hovering your fingers over the screen, which saves time and data. With ‘Air Gesture’, you can change the music track, scroll up and down on a web page, or accept a call with a simple wave of the hand. Additionally, ‘S Health’ helps you keep track of your personal health statistics. When paired with the S Health Accessory, you can monitor your heart rate, weight, sleep pattern and other personal measurements to assist in a healthy lifestyle.

Enhanced Content and Services

The GALAXY S4 Active also offers competitive content and services to provide a seamless mobile experience anytime and anywhere.

Using the ‘Samsung Hub’, users can access music, videos, books, games and engaging educational content. With a beautiful magazine-style interface, users can browse a variety of content across services, as well as purchase and manage their content easily with a single Samsung Account. Users can also control their TV through Samsung WatchON’s IR remote, which transforms the GALAXY S4 Active into a remote control for TVs, set-top boxes, and DVD players. Through ‘Samsung WatchON’, the GALAXY S4 Active also offers a broad selection of entertainment content including live TV, cable TV and video on demand, facilitated by the rich digital context provided by Samsung’s EPG (Electronic Program Guide) system. ‘ChatON’, another unique feature, connects and facilitates group chats, media sharing and interacting in creative new ways using pictures, hand drawings or figures across mobile devices. Further enhancing the device’s sharing capabilities, users can use ‘Samsung Link’ to share and sync content across multiple Samsung digital devices.

The GALAXY S4 Active will be available for purchase beginning this summer, with initial retail in the U.S. and Sweden. It will be offered in three different color options: Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare. Specific availability will vary depending on the market.

Media requests and invited partners will be offered hands-on demonstrations with the GALAXY S4 Active at the Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV in London on Thursday, June 20th.


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* All functionality features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation
* Android, Google, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Places, and Google Navigation are all trademarks of Google Inc.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • bionicwaffle

    “5.0 Full HD LCD display (443ppi, but not a Super AMOLED)” – you make it sounds like SAMOLED is better than LCD. The LCD will most likely give better battery life, especially when used outside, and the display will be brighter…no question at all!!! Good move Samsung! Now stop putting SAMOLED displays on all your other mobile devices!

  • Higher_Ground

    One meter isn’t very deep. I suppose that there’s some safety factor in there so if you were to drop it in 8 ft of water and immediately retrieve it you aren’t screwed.

  • chris420o

    something about looking at samsung phones makes me wanna throw up in my mouth…i need motorola to come through im tired of these mass produced korean made phones taking over all of android

  • Taglogical

    Okay Samsung, I’ll give your plastic phones another chance with this Active; touché indeed. HDMI/MHL?? Embrace the LCD Droid Life (I wouldn’t touch this if it had OLED).

  • Chiver

    I think this a great phone! I wanted an S4. Working in construction my phones get dusty and occasionally on roof tops in the rain gets scary. I think most people aren’t looking for a dive phone (it’s only water resistant for 30 minutes and underwater cameras are cheaper anyway). But maybe in your boat or kayak, on the beach in the sand or hanging out in the snow will be way less stressful. Glad to see someone working towards an active lifestyle.

  • Cracker Jack

    I’m waiting for the phone that can withstand 24 hours in 100 meters of sea water and can take a hit right on the glass with a rock without breaking, cracking, or leaving a scratch. Also it should have a 3600 MAh battery and yet still be no more than 9.2 mm thick with a full 5.0″ HD screen and no physical buttons. 12 MP back and 4 MP front camera that can be operated using neoprene diving gloves. Add the CPU of the Active S4 and double the internal memory. That would be a seriously active phone that I’d be willing to pay much more for.

    • Higher_Ground

      Oh, and it should also include the ability to place calls at depths of up to 10m. I want to be able to skype underwater.

  • Jose Salas

    I wonder if it’ll use the same accessories as the original GS4?
    Hopefully !

  • techpro1993

    It’s great that Samsung finally abandons AMOLED. It does not work at outdoor.
    Just wonder why Samsung announced without complete spec, no specifics about CPU or CDMA network. Is it still work in progress? Why would be announced at London on 6/20?

  • droidrazredge

    Finally Samsung makes a phone that does not have the cheap plastic, probably plastic but a more durable material, that 99% of their phones have. Maybe they should consider all phones in the future be Active and make a non active for a lower cost for people “who don’t have lifestyles that require handling tough conditions and for those with normal lifestyles.” This is what the Galaxy S4 should have been and looked like except with on screen navigation keys of course. Can’t believe I’m saying this but Good Job Samsung!!!!

  • cjohn4043

    Good job Samsung…

  • Sunday Lacrymosa

    Honestly this looks pretty impressive, if i didnt have the S4 i might consider this

  • Diablo81588

    Why the physical buttons Samsung?! WHY?! Other than that, looks like a pretty sweet device.

    • Bionic

      Its meant for outdoors. Guys are wearing gloves and stuff while working, easier to press a physical button.

      • SA_NYC

        Exactly. Come on now Diablo, you can’t be knocking Sammy for physicals on this one. Hey, anyone have an idea if the battery is removable? I’m guessing no but am not sure. Other than that, I actually think this is a really impressive device, and would be seriously tempted to grab this over the standard S4. (And I may do so as I’m currently holding out for X details before deciding on the successor to my beloved GNex.)

  • Tod Cox

    Chuck Norris wants a phone. Samsung delivers! I might just send my S4 back for the Active.

  • Im imagining this in a google edition and I think its pretty sweet.

  • JoshGroff

    I want one!

  • John

    Wow, a non-ugly S4? I’m getting this.

  • HeneryH

    I’m curious how ‘rugged’ it is besides dust and water. Not sure about everyone else but my kids have broken a LOT of phones by dropping them on the ground and not too many from dust!

    • nerys

      Dude – THAT is what a case is for. its rugged against DUST AND WATER your CASE makes it rugged against drops. get one of those two piece plastic with a third piece second layer silicon on the outside. YES it makes the phone huge but YES it makes it damned near indestructible too. $10-$15 on ebay. (like otterbox but better)

  • Trueblue711

    Samsung keeps getting better and better. FINALLY, a rugged phone that isn’t a mini brick with mid-range specs!

  • duke69111

    So based on the Aqua mode for the camera, they’re encouraging you to take it under water? Hmmmm.

  • 213ninja

    what about the above specs is making people think this won’t come out on VZW? i mean, based on experience it probably won’t because they pass on so much stuff….but people are talking about the specs like it’s clear. i see LTE in the specs. i also see a bunch of other data protocols, but not voice (GSM, CDMA, etc.). help me if i’m wrong.

  • Wolf0491

    I video underwater with my Z quite a few times and it works great so assuming this one is exactly same. And only way to take pictures underwater is remapping the camera button to like power button etc. But let me tell you even with goggles once your go under it is about impossible to look at the screen of your phone underwater lol. You just have to hope your aiming correctly.

  • chris125

    So this comes with a little over 11gb wonder what Samsung cut out?

  • John Jenness

    Yup…probably my next phone.

  • trwb

    I just wish it came in Rural Grey

  • LucasMonroe

    Does sand scratch it?

  • John

    LCD…great…I have to choose between a rugged phone and HAVING BLACKS THAT GLOW or a fragile phone with BLACKS THAT ARE ACTUALLY BLACK! -sigh-

  • Piotr G.

    So who will be the first to get it and go swimming

  • yummy

    This is good for me

  • KG

    Droid Charge called… wants its physical buttons back

  • nvitone23

    You want something rugged? Wait for the Moto X or even better, the Nova 😉

    • Warwick

      What is the Nova?

      • nvitone23

        I’ll let you ponder it’s specs a bit, but it WILL be my next phone 😉

        • Warwick

          Tease us a little :p

          • nvitone23

            How does first phone (from major OEMs) with the snapdragon 800 sound? (per Sarge)

          • per Sarge…oh man…here we go again!

          • jak_341

            Where is that “Oh no. Not this shiz again” graphic?

          • nvitone23

            Idk how you can still hate even after seeing and hearing evidence of the phone that everyone thought didn’t exist only a few weeks ago. whether you like it or not, sarge is the real deal and knows more than you and I ever will about this inside stuff

          • nvitone23

            nd the only reason I am putting “per Sarge” is because I am not gonna take credit for the information that he has passed along for me, so its not just to piss you all off

          • Ian

            gtfo….per Sarge

        • Andrew Remmers

          Still waiting for the X Phone 😉

          • nvitone23

            its coming…and I was correct in predicting that they have redesigned the processor from the Prime to the 600. That’s why the Moto X has been delayed, there was a shortage in the 600 chip between the S4 and the One

          • droidrazredge

            so it is the S600 and not the S800 ? I guess I can live with that. So that means the HTC T6 and the Sony Xperia i1 Honami will be the first phones with a S800 processor @ 2.3 GHZ then ?

          • nvitone23

            yes the 600. idk about that. Sarge was saying that Moto will be the first manufacturer to get the 800, but whether they put out the “Nova” before those devices? we will have to see…

          • droidrazredge

            so it will be an S600 in the XFON mini and the S800 in the Moto X if I’m reading what you’re saying correctly.

          • nvitone23

            nope XFON mini is dual core snapdragon pro, Moto X is 600

          • Andrew Remmers

            I’ve heard other things about the X phone actually, from what I have heard there isn’t a Snapdragon processor

          • nvitone23

            from where may i ask?

          • Andrew Remmers

            A friend in the Phone business

          • nvitone23

            Welp, I don’t know what to tell you, we shall see. However I will tell you that Sarge does not only pass info about Moto to me, but about Samsung, Verizon, and Google in general, and I have seen his inside info come to fruition in the past so I’d say that he is a very reputable source.

  • ddevito

    Can you Blend it?!

  • Butters619

    That phone is bad ass. I want one!

    And I want to see the drop tests/bathtub tests with this phone.

  • AC

    DL team – You may want to do a story about this: http://www.freedompop.com/phone

    • NexusPhan69

      There is a tip line for things like this. Not the comment section.

  • Eric Soriano

    Please Verizon, don’t F**k us and leave us with the Commando 2!

    • Cracker Jack

      Don’t worry Big Red aka “Too Big to Care” Verizon Wireless will only do what they want and not what you the customer wants. You say you want to keep your unlimited data-plan and they will say screw you we are Too Big to Care what you want…

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    If this shows up on Verizon ITS MINE. That probably wont happen. 🙁 🙁

    • Brian P.

      I didn’t notice any CDMA radios…no Verizon

      • Josh C

        GSM isn’t mentioned either. I wouldn’t count this out for vzw just yet.

        • Brian P.

          Here is the same spec list that was posted above…Looks like AT&T and TMobile bond to me 🙁

        • Dan

          EDGE/GPRS falls under GSM.

      • BSweetness

        Doesn’t mean a Verizon-compatible version can’t be announced at a later date. Often the first announcements for phones that will hit multiple carriers just give the specs for what will be the unlocked international version.

        That said, while I really hope Verizon gets this, I won’t be holding my breath for it.

  • Raven

    This is the first phone that Samsung has produced since the Nexus that I have actually been interested in. I hope it comes to Verizon.

  • jrshermz

    It’s a nice phone with touch wiz BUT go with stock Android and it would be a really nice phone.

  • mcdonsco

    I’m actually quite impressed the able to be submerged in three feet of water part, is this the first phone to do this?

    • Ian

      Sony Xperia Z

  • MK17

    I can see these being the construction manager phone for the next 3-4 years. Good looks, good specs, and rugged.

    I’m not a fan of off screen buttons, but this would be the one phone right now that I would buy with it.

    • nerys

      the POINT of the physical buttons is they “WORK” better in harsh conditions. I hate the soft keys. very annoying and you can not access them by “touch”

  • Geoff Johnson

    Is this really a “rugged” phone, or just a water/dust resistant S4? I know it says rugged, but they seem to think it’s rugged because it’s water resistant. I’d love if this phone was better protected from accidental drops and so forth.

    • Ian Smith

      i’d just throw a bumper around it and then you’ve got some pretty good protection while retaining dust & water resistance. pretty slick!

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      I agree and disagree. For me, I don’t care about being able to take drops, I always toss on a nice case to protect my phones there. But I’m a wakeboarder and spend my time on the lake. So All I want is more Water resistant phones!

      But it would seem like for people used to the rugged Casio GZ phones, this won’t hold up to drops like those do.

    • Probably not on par with the old nextels but to acheive that you will have ot add bulk to take the impact, which I can understand them not wanting to do. So a more resistant chassis with water and dust proofing is a good start. Then, as others have stated, you can put a thick case on it to make it drop proof.

      With a good case on it and the water/dust proofing it would definitely be welcome on a construction site.

  • IMNS

    So if this is nearly identical to the S4 except for the camera & construction why does it have several gigabytes of user available memory than the S4. I know Samsung was looking to optimize the S4 to free up memory, looks like they already have!

    One other issue – no mention if it will have the same 2 GB RAM

    • Jeremy Whyte

      It mentions 2GB RAM under the memory listing.

  • EricRees

    As someone who hasn’t traditionally been a fan of the S3 or the S4… this phone looks pretty enticing. Someone stop me.

    • Warwick

      STOP!!!! lol

  • Erock

    Between this, the zoom, and the mini…looks like samsung is throwing a bunch of s%*t against the wall and seeing what sells. I still have over a year til my upgrade and am hoping they figure out durability and battery life by then on some awesome 5.0-5.3 inch device with no top/bottom or side bezel

    • Cowboydroid

      And to hell with those of us that prefer a physical keyboard…the market seems to have left us behind.

      • fallenshell

        It really has, I was a physical keyboard enthusiast but realized that was a dead end for most companies. with swiftkey and fleksy I have also realize totally not needed.

        • BSweetness

          Same here. SwiftKey completely resolved all of my misgivings about having a phone without a physical keyboard.

      • MotoRulz

        For those that still prefer keyboards its clear that your days are numbered. The demand is simply not there…

        • Cowboydroid

          Alas, the demand may not be there because the supply isn’t there…can’t buy something that doesn’t exist.

          • zurginator

            But it did exist at one point — and wasn’t selling at that point. Hence it disappearing.

          • Cowboydroid

            Right, the last great one was the Droid. Not a single hi-end keyboard device after that. They were all downgrades from their slab cousins.

          • zurginator

            Droid line yes, but not OG Droid. The Droid 4 and Photon Q were both Razr variants.

  • nexpos

    What about the removable battery?

    Also, the Samsung Protective Cover+ in Blue on my Black S4 looks amazing. Other S3 owners that sit near me at work got it for the S3 and love it – definitely one of the nicest cases that covers the back.

  • J Davis

    Don’t quite know what it is but I really like this phone?!?

    • EC8CH

      It’s like it’s rugged…. yet still sensitive.

      • imns

        It’s a brawny paper towel of cell phones

    • SMD

      I think that if this had launched with the regular S4, this “active” version would easily outsell the non-active one.

  • joejoe5709

    Pretty cool! It ranks pretty high on my wishlist.

  • EC8CH

    Not too bad looking for a “rugged” phone.

    On screen buttons would help.

    • Josh C

      This would be mine if it had on screen buttons. You would think it would be top priority to eliminate unnecessary water entry points like physical buttons.

      • Ian Smith

        try using on screen buttons underwater and get back to me

        • MK17

          So what you mean is a touch screen will be impossible to use under water?

          • JoYu

            Yeah! because you will be able to get to that homescreen underwater! (Good luck opening an app…)

            Wait but how in the hell are you going to take an underwater picture without a shutter button?

          • Ian Smith

            you could start video recording above water and then end it when you come back up. for pictures you’d have to have hardware buttons enabled but i don’t see why they wouldn’t enable them (unless they already are on other Galaxies? i don’t own any of those phones)

          • Fattie McDoogles

            I bet you glove mode probably helps with this.

          • DoctorJB

            This! They additional sensors (most likely a resistive touch screen) that allows the phone to function in situations where a capacitive screen can’t (gloves on or underwater).

          • Terrance Steiner

            Doesn’t Samsung incorporate some sort of touchless gesture control as part of touchwiz? I do not own a Samsung device so I could be wrong.

            Water is a conductor or a capacitive screen should work. I may register some false positive though

          • Timothy Sternig

            I know that you can control the camera with your voice…

          • Butters619

            Yeah touchscreens use capacitance to detect touch. Water essentially creates shorts between the touch points so your phone screen goes crazy underwater.

            (in case your comment wasn’t just sarcasm although I feel it is)

          • I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that they’ve actually done testing with using the capacitive screen under water and haven’t had any issues. I’ve seen a lot of waterproof phones in the past (a version of the moto Atrix I believe and a few that have been after market water-proofed) dunked in water and they didn’t go crazy or anything. And people were able to actually use the touch screen with their hand and phone submerged in the water.

            So while you’re right about HOW a capacitive touch screen works, I wouldn’t make assertions about what materials short the pads without testing it out (sorry, I’m assuming you haven’t).

            Actually, I’m going to go test it out right now. If you’re right and water is conductive enough, then water in a plastic bag should work on the face of my phone just like my finger would (since my finger also works through a plastic bag). But my guess is that it won’t do a thing unless my finger is in the bag in the water before touching the screen…I’ll report back my findings 🙂

          • Butters619

            You can put a drop of water on your phone and it will work fine. But I know on several phones i have owned, if you put more than a drop and then touch the screen, the screen will not behave as expected.

            I’m guessing Samsung has tested this underwater though.

          • OK! I stand corrected! Butters, my apologies. Water DOES work almost as well as my finger to touch elements on the screen. The water-in-a-bag test showed that water can move the screens back and forth, launch apps, etc. (I only did the tests on my GNex, OG Droid AND…the vintage G1! :))

            I still think Sammy MUST have done some testing underwater if they say you can use it to take pictures. So they must have done something to make it work. I can’t imagine them releasing the phone untested and then saying “oops” when people start reporting that it can’t do squat under water.

          • Butters619

            Wow! You actually tested this and returned the results. Thank you!

            (side note: I’m glad I was right haha)

          • Ian

            How do I get on that test team?

        • Josh C

          There is no way that this was made to be used underwater on a regular basis. If you need an underwater camera, go buy one. Cell phones aren’t there yet.

        • NorCalGuy

          What about the Sony xperia zr? Its video looked like it had onscreen button underwater.

  • Radgatt

    So besides the look the only thing different is that its water resistant and has only an 8mp camera. Not bad at all.

  • sc0rch3d

    might consider as my next phone if i could play with it in the store somewhere.

  • jbegs

    “Samsung Announces Galaxy S4 Active – Like A Really Bad Ass, Rugged, Outdoorsy Galaxy S4” – only uglier. Meh!

    • NexusMan

      Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder….because I prefer this back to the original shiny, slimy plastic.

      • jbegs

        It is. I prefer the pure galaxy look. I think the phones, GS3, NoteII and GS4, just look really nice.

        • Geoff Johnson

          The second you touch it or put it down somewhere it gets covered in fingerprints and scratches. The glossy plastic also makes it much easy to drop.

      • cryosx

        except they messed up the front with the hardware buttons

    • Raven

      Personally, I much prefer the look of this phone. It actually looks like a quality phone that Motorola might produce like the RAZR HD.