The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is the third generation of Samsung’s Active line of smartphones that started with the S4 Active in 2013. It’s essentially the water-resistant version of the S6, capable of being submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
It is also shockproof and is able to resist a drop from up to 4 feet.
Here are five reasons why you might want to go get Active.
1. THE BATTERY IS ENORMOUS
The S6 Active’s battery has a super giant 3,500mAh cell that dwarfs the 2,550mAh battery in the regular S6. As a result, the battery life issues we saw with the S6 are non-existent with the S6 Active. It also has the fast charging features of the S6 and can be wirelessly charged with Qi compatible chargers. If only every phone had a battery this large.
2. IT HAS AN EXTRA SHORTCUT BUTTON
The S6 Active has a unique button on the left side just above the volume rocker. By default, this launches Samsung’s Activity app, but you can reprogram it to whatever you want. I set it to launch the TV remote app with a single press, and launch Spotify with a longpress.
3. SAME PERFORMANCE AND CAMERA AS THE S6
Having great performance, an awesome screen, and an impressive camera. It’s just as fast, it’s screen is just as sharp and bright, and the camera is just as good as the S6 and S6 Edge, which are three things you wouldn’t want to compromise on for the Active version.
4. IT STAYS COOL UNDER PRESSURE
The glass-and-metal S6 and S6 Edge both get very warm during normal activities, but the all-plastic S6 Active doesn’t heat up at all. Even while multitasking and juggling a bunch of things at once, the Active stays cool and more comfortable in your hand.
5.WATER RESISTANT AND SHOCK PROOF
And my favourite feature, The S6 Active can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes and walk away just fine. It can also withstand a 4-foot drop without worry, which is something the standard S6 might crack or shatter under. The S6 Active does all of this without requiring annoying port covers over its Micro USB charging port or headphone jack.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~576 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|– TouchWiz UI|
|– 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
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57|
|CAMERA||Primary||16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||5 MP, [email protected]|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|– Wireless charging (Qi/PMA) – market dependent
– ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Smart stay
– OneDrive (115 GB cloud storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 23 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 57 h|
|SAR US||1.19 W/kg (head) 1.58 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||0.48 W/kg (head) 0.42 W/kg (body)|