Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active: what is the difference?




Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active: what is the difference?

s4 vs s4 active

Samsung finally unveiled more secure version of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 – Galaxy S4 Active. Therefore, early reports that the Korean giant has prepared an adequate response to water-and dustproof device Sony Xperia Z and ZR in the end proved to be true. And if, after the announcement of the new device you have a question, what is the flagship Android-smartphone will eventually choose – Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S4 Active, – then we’ll try to answer it by comparing the main features of both devices.

Protection against moisture and dust

As the name suggests, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is designed for the more active buyer. Despite the fact that the screen of the original S4 closes the protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the new Galaxy S4 Active more likely to survive in those situations in which the S4 would suddenly died, or at least severely crippled.

Water-and dust-proof housing S4 Active allows the device to be submerged at a depth of one meter for half an hour and still no problem to do, for example, underwater photography. And the presence of water-protected audiodzhek allow you without any problem listening to music while under the heavy rain, changing tracks your finger on the touch screen.

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One of the victims, which I had to go to the engineers of Samsung in the new S4 Active, turned the camera: the main optical sensor is 8 megapixels, compared to 13-megapixel, which is used in the standard Galaxy S4. Perhaps this is ultimately not as much impact on the quality of the photos, but if you need more pictures in high resolution, then opt for the standard version of the S4 will become obvious.

However, one of the interesting and unique features of the camera S4 Active is an underwater shooting mode Aqua Mode, which will increase the visual quality of the pictures taken, for example, in the pool with half-naked girls.

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As a “standard» Galaxy S4, the new Galaxy S4 Active offers a 5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, in contrast to the main flagship, which uses Super AMOLED screen, a sports version of the device uses a conventional (albeit qualitative) TFT LCD display. So the colors on a normal S4 are likely to be more rich and deep in this comparison. Besides it is known that a more economical AMOLED relates to food consumed compared to a conventional LCD.

Nevertheless, here Active have a surprise. The thing is that the screen uses technology trends Glove Touch, which allows you to use your phone even when on your hands put on the most ordinary gloves. In other words, the device should be like, for example, skiers and snowboarders.

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Do not be surprised that the S4 Active was more dimensional in comparison to its ‘original’ brother. In the end, it uses a more solid proof case, which adds extra millimeters and grams. Dimensions S4 Active – 139,7 x 71,3 mm and weighs 151 grams. Galaxy S4 in turn pulled over – 136,6 x 69,8 mm and weighs 130 grams. The thickness of device is also different: 7.9 mm versus 9.1 mm for S4 Active.


Most of the other specifications of both devices are practically identical. As many of you know, Galaxy S4 is available in two versions: with an eight Samsung Exynos 5410 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz (this version is sold on the Russian market), as well as a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 with a frequency of 1.9 GHz and supports LTE . So, in the case of the Galaxy S4 Active use the second option.

Each unit out of the box has an operating system Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The battery capacity is 2600 and the same mAh. In addition, there is a standard set of Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi ac, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC and USB 2.0.

Nevertheless, there are differences. For example, in data storage. According to Samsung, unlike the Galaxy S4, which is available in versions with 16, 32 and 64 GB of memory, Galaxy S4 Active version will only be available with 16 GB of permanent storage. But even here, the Korean company has found a reason to be proud.

Owners of the standard Galaxy S4 probably already aware of the fact that the version with 16 GB of memory provides the user with only 9 GB of actual space available. So in this case Active released as the amount of available memory for the user is 11 GB.
Which one to choose?

If you’re a fan of sports and outdoor activities, the choice becomes obvious. Without any doubt, Galaxy S4 Active become a worthy member of the family line of Galaxy. And in some ways even regret that the company is stingy and does not add to the standard S4 that same dust and moisture protection.

On the other hand, S4 looks more attractive and elegant than its rough sporting goals. We will not argue that some important is having a choice of different colors for the body. So here we note that the black and white variants Galaxy S4 in the coming months to add another blue, red, purple and brown. In turn Galaxy S4 Active, which will appear on the shelves this summer, will offer red, blue and orange colors.

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