Samsung Galaxy S8 Active review
Premium yet tough
In essence, you can think of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active as a tough version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but with a beefed up battery.
The toughness of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active comes through a metal frame that has a structure that has been developed to be more rugged. At each corner there is a bumper to protect against tilting, twisting, abrasion and shock.
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This Samsung smartphone is dust and water resistant. It has been tested to military specification MIL-STD-810G, against 21 specific environmental conditions, including high altitude, low pressure and temperature.
A secure grip is given through a tough textured back, which reduces the number of instances that active people will drop the phone in the first place.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is available in Titanium Gold or Meteor Grey. The extra durability and beefier battery sees the phone coming in a little heavier at 208g and thicker at 9.9mm, compared to the original Galaxy S8.
Display and processor performance
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a shatter resistant 5.8” display that is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under tests, the screen is shatterproof for drops from 1.5m or less, onto a flat surface.
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The display is Super AMOLED and has a Wide Quad HD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Following Samsung’s latest design trend of more screen and phone, you get to enjoy a fuller 18.5:9 aspect ratio, much like that on the LG G6.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.35GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, so it is needless to say that the performance and responsiveness is up there with the very best.
Phone Set Up
Samsung Knox security
This phone uses the Samsung Knox defense grade mobile security platform. This is so secure that 29 governments around the world use Samsung Knox to secure their workforce.
You have the option of using either a fingerprint for security or the phone scan your iris.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will allow you to transfer content over from an old smartphone. There is a 64GB memory for doing this, which is really generous. There is also a microSD card slot for boosting the memory up to 256GB, if you decide to buy a memory card.
Bixby is Samsung’s digital assistant that has an intelligent interface that learns from you over time. Bixby can do all sorts of things like setting a smart reminder or personalising your home page.
A simple press of a button or swipe can be used to open the Hello Bixby home screen. From here you will get quick and easy access to active lifestyle features like a compass, torch, stopwatch or barometer.
You get a bit from Google and a bit from Samsung, when it comes to apps. Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, Google offers up Google Maps, Chrome, Photos, Play Movies & TV and Android Pay.
Samsung apps that have been pre-loaded includes Samsung S Health, Connect, Pay, Pass and Gear. You can download more apps from Google Play or from Samsung’s own app store.
Camera & Video
The 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera is great for capturing more light, which is essential for capturing good results under low light. Along with 8x digital zoom, the camera features Pro Mode, Virtual Shot, Panorama, Selective Focus, Hyperlapse, Food and Slow Motion.
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Video recording takes place at a quality of up to Ultra HD (4K). If you aren’t going to play them back on a 4K TV, then you would probably be better off choosing a lower resolution that would take up less of the phone’s memory.
8MP selfie photography
The 8MP Smart autofocus selfie camera also works well and there is a Wide Selfie option for taking group selfies or a selfie with more of the landscape captured.
High density battery
The 4,000mAh battery has a great capacity and much more than the one used in the Galaxy S8. This batter gives up to 32 hours of talk time or up to 5 days of standby or up to 113 hours of audio playback time with a speaker.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active also supports wireless charging, although you will need to buy the wireless charger.
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Written by: Michael Brown